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Rapist who poses 'an indefinite danger to women' jailed for 18 months after Dart sex attack

Paul Moore will also have a curfew for the next ten years.

The attack happened on the southside Dart in 2014.
The attack happened on the southside Dart in 2014.
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A RAPIST DESCRIBED as posing an indefinite danger to women has been jailed for 18 months for the sexual assault of a woman on a train.

Paul Moore (51) has been jailed six times for sexual offences over the last 25 years. He had been on bail awaiting sentencing for the offence which took place on the Dart in 2014.

Judge Melanie Greally also ordered that Moore keep a curfew from 10pm to 8am for the next ten years.

Moore of Mountjoy Square, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to sexually assaulting the woman on the southside Dart on 28 August, 2014.

Judge Greally suspended the final 18 months of a three-year sentence on strict conditions.

These including remaining under Probation Services supervision for ten years and advising his monitoring officer and gardaí of any proposed change of address or mobile phone number.

He must also remain alcohol and intoxicant free when in public and address his alcohol use.

Judge Greally said that a report from the Probation Services noted that Moore expressed no remorse, had proved resistant to all efforts to rehabilitate him and posed an indefinite danger to adult females.

She said that alcohol was a major contributing factor to his offending.

Previously the court heard Moore assaulted the victim, an au pair, in 2014 as she was travelling home from college.

CCTV footage

Gardaí examined CCTV footage of the incident but Moore was not recognised on the video until two years later.

In the meantime, he sexually assaulted two women in separate incidents in the city centre after stopping them in the street and asking them for a cigarette.

In 2015, he was jailed for 15 months for these attacks. He was released in April 2016 and was subject to probation supervision.

In that case, Judge Martin Nolan noted Moore “has a predisposition to violence towards women which manifests as rape and sexual assault”.

His other offences include raping a musician in 2001, for which he received ten years and raping another woman in 1995, for which he received seven years.

At a previous hearing in February Moore’s defence counsel, Breffni Gordon BL, said he had spent a significant portion of his life in prison.

Counsel said there were conflicting opinions on what caused Moore to commit these crimes. One psychiatric report blamed a head injury he received in 1982 while another blamed an “organic personality disorder.”

Gordon had asked the court to hear from Moore’s case officer in the Probation Service to see if Moore could “deal with his problems” without going to prison.

Judge Greally said Moore’s inability to desist from offending, no matter what punishment was imposed, was a matter of real concern to the court.

She said the court was sentencing Moore for this offence and not for past offences, for which he has already served sentences.

She said the legal system here did not allow for preventative detention regardless of how compelling the argument might be.

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