Man tries to flee court as he is jailed for sexual offences against 13 year-old

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COSCOne of two men jailed today for sex offences against a 13 year-old boy attempted to flee court during proceedings.
He was one of two brothers in their early 20s who pleaded guilty to sex offences when they were 17 against a 13-year-old boy.
The two, who cannot be identified to protect the identity of their victim, were sentenced to two years, with one year suspended, for sexually assaulting and defiling the 13-year-old in 2009 in a Co. Donegal town.
Before sentencing the two, Judge John O’Hagan expressed concern over diminishing staff in a service which deals with sex offenders.
He said the Cosc service in the North-west had been reduced in recent months from 2.5(two point five) people to one person dealing with all of counties Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim.
The judge noted that the attention of Cosc was drawn to the case and it was prepared to help the defendants but the offer was ignored in 2011.
Earlier this year one defendant got in touch with them but this time the service was preparing to reduce to only one person having to cover all Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim.
The judge underlined that the undermanned service had offered help and “didn’t turn their back on anybody.”

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