Sexual offences



Independent News & Media fined €111,000 for contempt over article which collapsed rape trial

Independent News & Media (INM) has been ordered to pay a fine of €111,000 for contempt of court in relation to an Irish Independent article which led to the collapse of a rape trial.

Published 1 August 2019

England: Suspected sex offenders should remain anonymous, says new Justice Secretary

Suspected sex offenders should remain anonymous until charged so long as they have a reputation to protect, Justice Secretary Robert Buckland QC has said.

Published 1 August 2019

Court of Appeal reserves judgment in case where wife asked judge not to jail husband who raped her

The Court of Appeal has reserved its judgment on whether to alter the sentence of a man who was jailed for three years after raping his wife, who asked a judge not to send him to prison.

Published 30 July 2019

Bar Council voices concern over proposals to provide legal representation for rape complainants

The representative body for barristers has voiced concern about proposals to offer independent legal representation to complainants in rape and sexual assault cases.

Published 23 July 2019

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