Sentence suspended on appeal

A convicted rapist from Dublin who was given a four month sentence for failing to notify gardai that he was staying locally, had the sentence suspended on appeal at Dundalk Circuit Court last week.

A convicted rapist from Dublin who was given a four month sentence for failing to notify gardai that he was staying locally, had the sentence suspended on appeal at Dundalk Circuit Court last week.

The court was told that just days before that offence the 44 year old had failed to notify gardai in Dublin of his whereabouts as he is required to do as a registered sex offender.

Gerard Creighton with addresses at Aungier Street and formerly in Crumlin in Dublin had been sentenced to four months at Dundalk district court after pleading guilty to an offence on the 28th of August 2010 of failing to notify gardai within seven days that he had moved address as is required under the Sex Offenders Act.

The Circuit Court heard last Tuesday that he was only appealing the severity of the sentence and not the conviction.

It was told the appellant was sentenced to nine years at the Central Criminal Court in 2003 for rape and is now subject to the sex offenders register for life.

The court heard a three month sentence for failing to register in Dublin three days before the Dundalk offence was suspended on appeal at Dublin Circuit Court.

The Defence barrister said her client has moved back to Dublin and has not come to garda attention since. She explained that he was “in transit” at the time and had spent 10 days in custody for the Dundalk offence until he was granted High Court bail.

Judge James O’Donohoe said he would suspend the four month sentence on Gerard Creighton entering a bond to be of good behaviour for two years and complying with the requirements of the sex offenders register.