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Serial rapist jailed for daylight sex assaults

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Paul Moore
Paul Moore

A Dublin multiple rapist has received a partially suspended two year sentence for daylight sex assaults on two different women in the city centre.

Paul Moore (50) engaged both young women in conversation on separate occasions before groping their breasts. He was on bail for the first offence when he committed the second.

Moore, of Mountjoy Square, Dublin, has 11 previous convictions and has served prison sentences for three rape offences, as well as sexual and indecent assaults on females dating back to the 1980s.

He pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to sexually assaulting one woman at Gardiner Street on January 21, 2015 and to sexually assaulting the other woman at St Mary's Place North, on May 8, 2015.

Judge Martin Nolan noted that Moore “has a predisposition to violence towards women which manifests as rape and sexual assault.”

The judge said he must sentence on the basis of the crimes and imposed an 18 month prison term for the second offence, to run consecutively to six months in jail for the first offence.

He backdated these sentences to when Moore entered custody in May this year and suspended the final nine months.

Garda Gavin O'Gara told Gerardine Small BL, prosecuting, that Moore approached the first young woman, who is in her early 20s, for a cigarette as she was walking to work.

While he spoke to her, he put his right palm on her breast and squeezed.

The woman told gardai she turned her body away and kept talking to Moore out of nervousness, but later reported the offence.

Gardai arrested Moore after the woman gave a description of the attacker.

Gda O'Gara said Moore made some admissions in interview and was released on bail, having initially been charged for a simple assault.

Detective Garda Jonathan Brady told the court that Moore approached the other woman, who is in her late teens, for a cigarette as she made her way to a pharmacy.

He stood close to her on the road as she rolled him a cigarette and then touched her nipple over her clothes.

The teenager jumped back and froze, but answered Moore's questions until he grabbed her breast again.

Gardai later took a statement from this woman and identified Moore from CCTV of the area.

During his interview, Moore claimed he had not intentionally touched the woman's breast and that he had apologised.

The women's victim impact statements were handed up to Judge Nolan but were not read in court.

Both gardai agreed with Breffni Gordon BL, defending, that his client had impaired speech.

Mr Gordon submitted to Judge Nolan that Moore had suffered smoke inhalation from a nightclub fire when he was a young man and soon after received a brain injury in a serious car accident.

Counsel submitted his client was “extremely lonely” and that his life had deteriorated since the crash.

He asked the judge to take into account Moore's early guilty plea and submitted the crimes were at the lower end of the scale.

By Aoife Nic Ardghail