Sexual offences



Supreme Court judge criticises 'inherently unfair' rape trial conduct

A Supreme Court judge has criticised the conduct of Irish rape trials for allowing denials from the accused to be read to the jury without cross-examination.

Published 10 June 2019

Lawyers argue rape victims 'could be prosecuted if they publish their own identity'

Lawyers for a convicted child rapist have told a High Court judge that rape victims are subject to criminal prosecution if they publish their own identity.

Published 31 May 2019

Lawyers contest 'legal basis' for rape victim to waive anonymity so rapist can be named

Lawyers for a convicted child rapist have contested a victim's request to waive her anonymity so that her abuser can be named.

Published 28 May 2019

Barristers hear from cancer patient Vicky Phelan and rape survivor Leona O'Callaghan at conference

Barristers heard from cervical cancer patient Vicky Phelan and rape survivor Leona O'Callaghan at a landmark conference on the experience of plaintiffs and victims in pursuit of access to justice through the legal system in Ireland.

Published 27 May 2019

US: Harvey Weinstein reaches tentative $44m settlement with accusers

The disgraced former film producer Harvey Weinstein, 67, has reached a tentative settlement deal with the women who accuse him of sexual misconduct.

Published 24 May 2019

Rapist given suspended sentence after victim says his family shouldn't suffer

A rapist was given a suspended sentence in Newry Crown Court after his victim said she did not want his family to suffer.

Published 23 May 2019

Court of Appeal: Sentence imposed on a man who sexually assaulted his two-year-old son was unduly lenient

The Court of Appeal in Belfast has found that a five-month sentence imposed on a man convicted of sexually assaulting his two-year-old son was unduly lenient.

Published 20 May 2019

Divisional Court: Convicted sex offender loses challenge to notification requirements

A man who was convicted of rape and indecent assault in 1996 has lost a challenge to the mechanism for reviewing notification requirements.

Published 13 May 2019

Sex workers welcome conviction of man for raping two women working as escorts

An organisation representing sex workers in Ireland has welcomed the conviction of a man for raping two women who were working as escorts.

Published 13 May 2019

Revenge porn and upskirting to be criminalised under Government plans

Plans to criminalise revenge pornography and upskirting have received Government backing.

Published 2 May 2019

Supreme Court: Former teacher can be prosecuted under ‘notorious’ section of Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885

A former teacher awaiting prosecution for historic sexual offences against one of his pupils has lost his appeal to the Supreme Court in which he argued that his prosecution under section 11 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885 was unconstitutional.

Published 1 May 2019

Court of Appeal: Man convicted of raping his step-daughter loses appeal

A man who was sentenced to twelve years' imprisonment for raping and sexually abusing his step-daughter over a period of seven years has lost an appeal against his conviction.

Published 30 April 2019

High Court: Former law lecturer jailed for sex offences was not afforded fair procedures in prison disciplinary hearing

A former law lecturer who is serving ten years' imprisonment in Arbour Hill Prison for sexual offences has successfully argued that there was a want of fair procedures in a disciplinary hearing which resulted in his phone and visitation privileges being denied for 30 days.

Published 11 April 2019

England: Footballer Ched Evans settles out of court with defence lawyers for £800,000

The footballer Ched Evans, whose conviction for rape was quashed three years ago, has settled out of court for an estimated £800,000 with his defence solicitors, The Times reports.

Published 11 April 2019