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Portuguese media highlight Irish millionaire sex attacker Anthony Lyons' move to the country

Lyons was jailed in 2012 after attacking his victim just yards from his Dublin home
Anthony Lyons

Anthony Lyons

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

Portuguese newspapers have run a series of stories highlighting Anthony Lyons' move to the country, the Sunday World can reveal.

In 2012, Aviation businessman Lyons (60) became one of Ireland's most infamous criminals after he was convicted of sexually assaulting a 27-year-old woman near his home on Griffith Avenue, Dublin, in the early hours of October 3, 2010.

During his trial, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard how the dad-of-four attacked his victim just yards from his North Dublin home.

He creeped up behind her to ask, ‘Are you going to get home safely?’ before rugby-tackling her into bushes.

Lyons put his hand over her throat and mouth before sexually assaulting her.

In court, Lyons admitted the attack but claimed he was overcome with an “irresistible urge” due to the combination of alcohol, cholesterol medicine and cough syrup.

But now, according to information from the records of the company Interfirst Capital, Lyons is living in an "isolated house, on the corner of a tree-lined street, close to the coast" in Cascais, outside Lisbon in Portugal.

Lyons' recent move to Portugal has now appeared in local media who are focussing on his criminal past.

Last week, popular media outlet Correio da Manhã TV published a story about 'violador' Lyons' residence in the country.

While newspaper Notícias ao Minuto also detailed his new address in an article published on Thursday.

Lyons who had headed up the aviation company Santos Dumont at the time, was sentenced to six years in 2012, with five-and-a-half of these suspended.

He was released from prison in December 2012.

The State later successfully appealed his “unduly lenient” original sentence and Lyons was jailed for a further 13 months in 2014.

The businessman was also ordered to pay €75,000 compensation to the victim as part of a settlement package which, it later emerged, came to a total of €200,000.

According to the latest annual return of his company Interfirst Capital, 60-year-old Lyons has changed his listed address from his Griffith Avenue mansion in Dublin to the upmarket Portuguese seaside suburb.

Lyons is now again connected to companies with millions in assets.

He is now a listed as a director of a company called Interfirst Capital, which had equity of almost €800,000 last year.

According to company records, Interfirst Capital also had “transactions with other connected parties” Tailwind Investments Limited. The amount “receivable at the end” of 2020 was €835,076.

Records say Tailwind is “a connected party as director Tony Lyons is the controlling party”.

Lyons has continued to live an affluent lifestyle following his violent attack on his victim and was pictured relaxing at a five-star resort in Dubai while he was waiting the DPP appeal of his initial sentence.

The millionaire businessman was also previously pictured removing top-of-the-range golf clubs from his Mercedes at Portmarnock Driving Range in Dublin following his sentence.

Friends of Lyons’ victim revealed the full horror of the assault following the original jail term.

Anthony Lyons being returned to prison in 2014

Anthony Lyons being returned to prison in 2014

The woman had been chatting on her mobile while walking to her parents’ house when a man came up behind her and asked if she would be okay to get home.

Lyons then tackled her to the ground and began his assault.

As the man struggled to remove her underwear she managed to phone gardaí. The attack continued until passers-by scared Lyons off.

Gardaí arrived and suggested patrolling the area with the victim and within minutes she said “that’s him” when she spotted a man with a balding head, a distinctive walk and a mud-spattered suit.

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