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Sex predator jockey faces jail for attack on woman

Sex predator jockey faces jail for attack on woman

A PROFESSIONAL jockey and convicted sex attacker is facing jail after a second attack in which he terrorised a young woman.

Maurice Fitzgerald escaped going to jail in March last year after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a woman in a Tipperary car park.

He was given a four-year suspended sentence and paid over €5,000 in compensation after a judge was told he had been tackling his addiction issues.

But he blew the second chance offered by the courts and now he is facing a jail sentence after admitting to a second attack, this time in Co. Kerry.

He appeared in Tralee Circuit Court for sentencing on Friday after previously pleading guilty to a number of serious offences including false imprisonment, assault and possession of a weapon.

Fitzgerald had been working at Tom Cooper’s yard in Co. Kerry at the time of the most recent attack.

He had also worked for a short stint with top trainer Ted Walsh, who previously told the Sunday World of his shock that the jockey he gave a trial run to had been convicted of sex offences.

Ted told the Sunday World that if he had known the jockey was a convicted sex offender it would have “clouded my judgement to take him on”.

Fitzgerald (21), from Buttevant, Co. Cork, was convicted last year at Clonmel Circuit Court of sexually assaulting a young woman in Tipperary town late at night two years ago.

The woman bravely fought off Fitzgerald and managed to escape, according to evidence heard during a court trial.

A prosecuting lawyer explained that Fitzgerald pleaded guilty in March last year to committing the sexual assault.

He had punched her on the side of the head and tried to open his pants, but she scratched his face and managed to run away .