Ballyshannon sex offender gave false name to gardaí

A 28-year-old convicted sex offender from Ballyshannon gave gardaí a false name, a court in Limerick has heard.

A 28-year-old convicted sex offender from Ballyshannon gave gardaí a false name, a court in Limerick has heard.

In July 2010, Leo Forde, formerly of Ballyshannon, was sentenced to three years in prison for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old school girl in the town in 2003. He was 19 years of age at the time.

Forde was the fifth person to be convicted of sexually assaulting the girl: he was convicted of assaulting her three times at a school shed.

He served two years of his sentence. The third year was suspended and he was released from prison last Christmas week. He violated the terms of his release by failing to register with gardaí within seven days and give them his address.

He was arrested in Limerick less than a week later, on December 31, for stealing a box of beer that day and two bottles of wine three days earlier. When arrested, he gave gardaí a false name.

He appeared before Limerick District Court yesterday and the court heard that he has 49 previous convictions.

Defence solicitor Ted McCarthy told the court that his client had been in the process of getting a permanent address following his release from prison and that he did supply an address three days later. He said Forde couldn’t register ‘no fixed abode.’

Judge Eamon O’Brien imposed a nine month prison sentence, which he suspended for two years.