Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 26 July 2014

Clare man finally jailed for buggery and sexual assault

A 21-year-old Clare man who failed to turn up for sentence on a buggery charge over two years ago has been jailed for two and a half years.

Graham Haugh of Dysart in Ennis was convicted in March 2004 of buggering and sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy in April 2001 when he himself was 15.

Haugh's sentence was adjourned on several occasions and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest in November 2005 after he failed to appear before Judge Yvonne Murphy as directed.

It emerged that he'd fled to England and joined the British army under an assumed name - but he was tracked down and extradited back from London last summer.

The court heard his role in the offence had been to hold the boy down with another's help while another older man committed the actual act.

Judge Murphy said Haugh himself could have been abused similarly at some stage by that third person.

Haugh took the stand himself this afternoon saying he realises the seriousness of the offence, he knew what happened was wrong:

"I'd do anything to take it back, but I can't, all I can say is I'm really really sorry,

"You'll never see me in the courts again, I've got my life sorted", he told the court.

Judge Murphy handed down a two and a half year jail term backdating it to last April when he was taken into custody in England.

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