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"Horny" man who "can't control urges" stole coat for sexual reasons

Pound Street Longford
Pound Street Longford

A convicted sex offender who stole a woman’s jacket for his own sexual gratification has been jailed for six months by a judge who described him as a “menace to society”.

45-year-old Patrick Nulty of 7 Pound Street, Edgeworthstown, Co Longford, was charged with stealing a woman’s coat from Clooney’s Hotel in Balymahon on the 22nd of January 2017, according to reports in the Longford Leader.

The court heard that the alleged victim noticed Nulty paying her attention, following this she went to the bathroom and returned to find her coat missing.

She reported the incident to gardai who recognised Nulty from previous incidents.

Garda Fox told the court that when questioned Nulty said that he took the jacket to satisfy his sexual tendencies, but then discarded it after his urges had dissipated.

His solicitor Brid Mimnagh said that her client had a problem keeping his sexual urges in check.

She also told the court that he had been previously sentenced to nine years and served seven, for a sexual offence.

When asked by Judge Seamus Hughes what enticed him to take the jacket, Nulty replied in a low pitched voice: “I do get sexual urges”.

Not hearing the response Mr Nulty was asked to speak up before appearing to whisper something to his solicitor.

“Tell the judge I get horny,” she said on her client’s behalf.

Nulty then received a dressing down from Judge Hughes as he was already before the court at the time of the offence.

“You were before the court when you committed this offence,” said the judge.

“So you are not afraid of gardai or the system.

“Why did you take that ladies jacket and size her up?

“Why did you do all of that when you were appearing before me?

“You know what could have happened you in other countries?”

In response Nulty muttered: “I shouldn’t have taken it.”

“You are a menace to society and a danger to females,” said Judge Hughes prior to asking the defendant if he had a penchant for pornography.

Nulty responded by telling the judge he did, through an account with Tesco.

His retort prompted the judge to quip: “Tesco give a great service don’t they?”

Addressing Ms Mimnagh directly, Judge Hughes said: “I am dealing with his as a standalone case and I am going to give your client six months in prison.”

Signing off, the judge said the court would be pressing for Nulty to obtain “specialised treatment for (his) sexual predilections to curb any future offending.