UK sex offender failed to put name on Irish register

Published 26/05/2015 | 00:00

Judge's gavel.
Judge's gavel.

A British sex offender resided in Wexford without telling the Irish authorities about his past.

Anthony Hollister (35) of Riverstown Farm, Murrintown was brought before the District Court in Ardcavan for his failure to register.

The court heard gardaí discovered him in a very distressed state at his home on March 13.

He gave his name at first as David Jones but was later correctly identified as Anthony Hollister from Wales.

It turned out that he served 18 months in prison after committing an offence in the UK during 2009 and he was detained in custody.

The defendant had been in a state of deep anxiety since his release from jail in Britain, his solicitor told Judge Gerard Haughton.

The solicitor said that Hollister was not a man of means and that he felt very isolated both in Ireland and in his home countrhy.

Garda Sergeant Gary Rayner acknowledged that the defendant had no conviction in this jurisdiction.

The conviction for failure to put his name on the Irish register of sex offenders earned Hollister a two month sentence, to date from March 16.

Wexford People

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