Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 10 July 2014

Walsh 'sex lie' man could face jail

Leonard Watters has admitted falsely accusing Louis Walsh of groping him

An unemployed dance teacher has been warned he could face jail after apologising for falsely accusing X Factor judge Louis Walsh of groping him in a nightclub.

Leonard Watters pleaded guilty to making two false reports to garda that the pop music mogul sexually assaulted him in Dublin nightspot Krystle last April.

The 24-year-old, who was described in court as a Walter Mitty type character, went into the witness box in the city's District Court to say sorry to Mr Walsh.

"I would like to sincerely apologise to Mr Louis Walsh for all the stuff I put him through. The allegation was false," he said.

Judge Dermot Dempsey ordered a probation and welfare report on the defendant and adjourned sentencing to January 25.

Watters, a father-of-two from Navan, Co Meath, has previous convictions for breaching a barring order under domestic violence laws and driving offences.

Detective Inspector Michael Cryan told the court the defendant had claimed the assault happened on Saturday, April 9, after Westlife had performed in Dublin's 02.

Watters and Walsh had been socialising in a pub and travelled to Krystle together, he said, but at about 4am to 4.30am Watters approached a garda officer on patrol outside the celebrity spot on Harcourt Street alleging he had been sexually assaulted by Walsh.

In mitigation, solicitor Cahir O'Higgins said his client was now seen as a pariah in his home town and a Walter Mitty type character.

He maintained Watters was a fragile, vulnerable person who was psychologically shaky and recently self harmed. His respected parents have been left traumatised by being in the public domain.

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