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Sentencing of former Ryanair CEO put back

Published 16/01/2009

Sentencing in the case of a former chief executive of Ryanair, who sexually assaulted a young woman and then flashed at Gardai, has been put back until March 6.

Eugene O'Neill (52) of Shanganagh Grove in Shankhill suffers from psychosis and had not taken his medication for two days prior to the attack.

He told Gardai he was psychotic at the time and claimed he was trying to "call the devil" but did not realise there was anyone else in the house.

In giving evidence during his trial he said that after managing a private fund for Ryanair founder, the late Tony Ryan, that he was made CEO of the company in the 1980s.

He was also previously the managing director of The Sunday Tribune and was convicted by a jury of sexually assaulting the woman in her home in south Dublin in November 2006.

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