Sexual offences

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

England: Girl who claims she lied about being sexually abused by grandfather has plea for his release rejected

A girl who told judges she lied about allegations that resulted in her grandfather being convicted and jailed for sexually abusing her has had her plea for him to be released rejected.

Published 8 April 2019

England: Woman who falsely claimed to have been raped and sexually assaulted 15 times has appeal against conviction rejected

A judge in the Court of Appeal has said it "beggars belief" that a woman would falsely claim to have been raped and sexually assaulted 15 times in order to claim victim compensation, as her appeal against conviction was rejected.

Published 29 March 2019

Sexual offences up 10 per cent in era of #MeToo

Sexual offences rose by 10 per cent last year, new figures show.

Published 26 March 2019

Flanagan welcomes new fraud figures as evidence of Government's success

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has welcomed new figures showing a rise in recorded fraud offences as evidence of the success of the Government's anti-fraud strategy.

Published 25 March 2019