Dublin drunk who groped teen on train hit with fine and placed on register
Forty-six year old Francis Haybyrne appeared in Trim Circuit Court this week charged with groping a teenage girl on the Balbrddan-Drogheda train, last year.
Haybyrne, from Drimnagh in Dublin 12 was slapped with a €500 fine and placed on the sex offenders register for five years after admitting the charge.
The court heard that the acused had drank eight or none bottles of Bulmers in Balbriggan that evening and, after missing his train back to Dublin took one to Drogheda so he could get a third back to the capital.
The inebriated man plonked himself down opposite a 17-year-old girl who he began talking to, referring to her as “a legend”.
According to Garda Anthony Teefy “he was trying to chat her up”.
Haybyrne gestured to the girl to move closer than then grabbed her face with his two hands and tried to kiss her.
Then, after apologising for the attempted kiss he began to move his hand up her leg.
The girl pushed his hand away and moved towards a group of males at the end of the carriage.
Hammered Haybyrne, undeterred by her rejection, followed the teen and stood beside her before she finally managed to get away.
Once she got off the train she told her parents who contacted gardai.
The defendant was later found asleep on a train in Drogheda.
He later said that he was shocked to hear about what he had done, but was too drunk to remember anything other than being approached by gardai.
The court heard that the teen victim had been shaken at the time, but had suffered no long term effects.
Haybyrne’s solicitor told the court that his client had been drinking at the time but had not drunk since the offence, describing his behaviour as a “drunken escapade”.
Judge Terry O’Sullivan imposed a €500 fine and placed Haybyrne on the Sex Offender’s register for five years.