April 16, 2024

A businessman who groped a stranger as she bent over to gather her umbrella as she was leaving a Co Donegal pub has mentioned he’s disgusted by his personal actions.

Father-of-three Quentin Parke, 44, pleaded responsible at Donegal Circuit Courtroom to the sexual assault of the younger lady at McCafferty’s Bar in Donegal City on October third, 2021.

Parke, who owns a refrigeration enterprise, had claimed that he had drunk an excessive amount of after going out socialising for the primary time since a Covid lockdown.

His sufferer, who’s now in her mid 20s, was out with associates having had dinner at an area restaurant that night.

The girl had left her umbrella behind the door of the pub which was packed on the night she referred to as in.

Proof of the assault was given by Garda Sergeant Stewart Doyle.

The girl, and one in every of her associates have been leaving the premises at 12.16am, when she was reaching behind the door to gather her umbrella when she was assaulted by a stranger.

The girl, who was sporting a gown on the evening, mentioned as she reached for her umbrella she felt a hand seize her by her vagina.

The girl initially requested her pal if she had touched her saying “Any person is simply after grabbing me by the fanny.”

The sufferer then she made eye contact with a person who was sniggering away at her.

Her pal requested who it was and he or she pointed to a person sporting a checked shirt and denim denims with mousey colored hair.

The pal managed to get an image of the person.

Prosecution barrister, Ms Fiona Crawford BL, mentioned the girl was crying and felt disgusted saying she was crossing her legs tightly as she was scared any individual may do this to her.

Pals of the girl went exterior and advised Gardai what had occurred and particulars of the person have been taken.

A short while later Gardai arrested a person who was staggering and was drunk and refusing to present them his title.

Transient CCTV footage of the incident was proven in courtroom.

When interviewed later at Ballyshannon Garda Station, the arrested man Quentin Parke, of Newtownhamilton, Newry, County Down, mentioned it appeared he had touched the girl.

He advised questioning Gardai when interviewed “I’ll have stumbled, I don’t know. It’s not one thing I’d do, I’m married with three pretty youngsters.

“It seems to be that highway….I’m disgusted to be truthful, I actually am…..I’m apologetic because it’s not in my nature. I’m blown away by it,” he mentioned.

The courtroom was advised that Parke owns a small refrigeration firm which workers six individuals and has no earlier convictions of any type.

Barrister for the accused, Mr Sean McGee BL, advised the courtroom that though alcohol was a function of the occasions on the evening, his consumer didn’t have a problem with alcohol however careworn that this was his first evening out since lockdown and had consumed a variety of drinks.

He was supported in courtroom by his spouse Kelly.

Mr McGee mentioned there was no interplay with the injured celebration earlier than the incident and that the assault was not premeditated.

He mentioned his consumer was disgusted by his personal behaviour saying that if he noticed another person doing this he would describe it as an invasion of somebody’s area.

He mentioned a probation report on Parke put him at a low threat of reoffending and that supervision by the probation companies was not required within the case.

He was appropriate for neighborhood service and this may very well be accomplished in Dundalk, if the courtroom noticed match.

As a token of his regret, Parke had additionally provide you with the sum of €5,000 which he wished to present to the injured celebration it doesn’t matter what the choice of the courtroom was.

Choose John Aylmer mentioned he was adjourning the case to permit him to learn the girl’s sufferer impression assertion and to think about the matter additional.

Businessman who groped lady in Donegal bar is “disgusted” at himself was final modified: March twentieth, 2024 by Employees Author