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Father attacks 'remorseless' sex attacker Lyons as he prepares for freedom

Free: Sex attacker Lyons is expected to be let out either today or tomorrow
Free: Sex attacker Lyons is expected to be let out either today or tomorrow

The father of the woman subjected to a sex attack by a businessman has said that Anthony Lyons has not shown any meaningful remorse.

As Lyons prepared to walk free from jail, the victim's father said: "He has never shown remorse for what he did.

"He got his legal team to read an apology out after he finally admitted he attacked her - but still claimed that he wasn't guilty. That's not remorse in our eyes."

Lyons, a wealthy aviation broker from Griffith Avenue, Dublin, pleaded not guilty to violently sexually assaulting the young woman as she walked home in the early hours of the morning of October 3, 2010.

Later, he claimed that he was overcome by an "irresistible urge" due to a combination of alcohol, cholesterol medication and cough syrup when he attacked the young woman.

Lyons walked free from prison this morning, the Herald reports.

"He never uttered a word in court, and it is too late now.

"If he had pleaded guilty from day one and given my daughter a genuine apology from the beginning, then things might have been different - for him as well as us - but we have never heard the word 'sorry' from him," the victim's father explained.

"I wonder in all his days in prison did he ever sit in a corner and close his eyes and think, 'What if someone had done this to my daughter, how would I react?' and really think about it.

"If someone told him somebody had attacked his daughter and then blamed it on their cough medicine, how would he feel about that?"

The victim's father also said he feels that Lyons didn't get a proper sentence.

 

 

"You seem to get more time for fraud than attacking someone in Ireland," he said.

"The gardaí on the night were fantastic and the same goes for the medics and witnesses.

"But it was when we stepped into the courtroom that things changed," he added.

"There is no consistency in sentencing and we need a minimum sentence system for serious crimes here."

As part of the initial sentence, Lyons was ordered to pay his victim €75,000.

However, the woman's father said it was not right that a system exists where it appeared that the wealthy can benefit from making such a payment.

"I don't think if I attacked someone, then admitted I did it but said I wasn't guilty, and got someone to say sorry on my behalf, that that would be accepted by a court," he said.

The man said that his daughter was now making a new life for herself and moving forward, adding: "She's strong, she's a fighter, and we will always support her."

Conor Feehan