Sex offender businessman settled with victim for almost €200,000, court hears

A court has heard today that sex offender Anthony Lyons made an almost €200,000 settlement with the woman he violently attacked on a Dublin street.

The 53-year-old businessman from Griffith Avenue in Dublin is due to find out later this month whether his six-month custodial sentence will be increased by the Court of Criminal Appeal.

The Director of Public Prosecutions is challenging what it says is the undue leniency of Anthony Lyons sentence.

The businessman, who owned an aircraft leasing company, was given six years, with five-and-a-half years suspended for a violent sexual assault on a 27-year-old woman as she walked down a Dublin street in the early hours of October 3, 2010.

He was also ordered to pay €75,000 compensation.

Today as part of the DPP's challenge, the Court of Criminal Appeal was told that he had settled civil proceedings with his victim for just under €200,000.

The woman did not want this information to go public, but presiding judge Mr Justice John L Murray said the information had to be tendered in open court.

Anthony Lyons was not at today's hearing. The judges have indicated will make a ruling in the case later this month.

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