Sean McDonnell, 58, who now resides in England, was greeted with hugs from his daughter at Limerick Circuit Court today, after Judge Carroll Moran handed down a three-year suspended sentence.
The former bus-driver pleaded guilty to buggery with a German shepherd, under section 61 of the Offences Against The Person Act 1861, and faced a maximum sentence of life in prison.
The 43 year-old Limerick mother, whose identity has not been disclosed, died after the act, but the exact cause of her death remains undetermined. The court heard that DNA samples taken from the woman’s vagina matched the accused’s dog.
Judge Carroll Moran said “even in this tolerant times, acts of bestiality are socially repugnant”, but he felt McDonnell would not benefit from a custodial sentence, having already been severely punished through adverse publicity as a result of this case. He also lost his job in Limerick as a result of this case, and is separated from his family, after feeling compelled to move out of Limerick.
He isn’t going to jail, his family are still willing to touch him and he got to move out of Limerick. It’s a Christmas miracle! A Limerick one anyway.