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Patrick Toner made a ‘mistake’ by not telling gardaí of the move

Patrick Toner made a ‘mistake’ by not telling gardaí of the move

Patrick Toner made a ‘mistake’ by not telling gardaí of the move

A CONVICTED sex offender who failed to tell gardaí when he changed address left the hostel he was staying at because his wife was being racially abused, a court has heard.

Patrick Toner (57) was legally obliged as a registered offender to notify gardaí of where he was living and made a “mistake” when he neglected to do this, his defence said.

He had felt he and his wife had to move because of the abuse she was getting.

Judge Bryan Smyth fined him €250 at Dublin District Court.

Toner, of St Mary’s Place, Dublin 1, pleaded guilty to failing to notify gardaí of a change of address under the Sex Offenders Act between September 25, 2019 and January 29 last year.

A garda sergeant said Toner, who was a registered sex offender, moved to an address at Emmet Road, Inchicore, in April 2019 and left on September 25 that year.

Breakdown

He lived at various addresses before moving on to accommodation in the city centre last October, the sergeant said.

Toner had been obliged to notify gardaí of his new address within seven days and failed to do so.

He had 10 previous convictions, the court heard.

The accused was a married father of two adult children and was in receipt of disability payments, his barrister Donal Pattison said.

Toner’s wife had suffered racial abuse at the hands of other residents in the hostel they were staying in, he said.

“He felt they had to leave and move out,” Mr Pattison said.

In addition, members of

Toner’s family had died during this time.

The accused himself had suffered a nervous breakdown and was hospitalised “given everything else that was going on in his life”.

Mr Pattison asked the judge to be as lenient as he could in the circumstances and to consider the offence “a slip”.

“There was a lot happening in his life,” he said of the accused.

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