Two jailed for sexually assaulting a sleeping teen

Two men have been been jailed for sexually assaulting a teenage woman while she was slumped over on a couch in a private room in a Dublin nightclub.

Joshua Sykes (22) and Adam McCabe (21) both claimed they had no memory of the offence, but pointed themselves out on CCTV footage that showed them sexually assaulting the woman.

Garda Shane McGuinn said though McCabe admitted he could be seen performing oral sex on the woman, he told gardaí: “I don’t know where the sexual assault was though”.

He said the woman had been “well able to move around” and had been kissing him previously, but accepted that she was “drunk probably” in the footage.

On viewing the CCTV Sykes described the footage of him assaulting the woman as “disgusting”.

He had denied taking the woman’s phone and money, as shown in the CCTV, but later admitted having the items and not being able to account for them.

Both men each have one previous conviction for minor offences. The court heard they were attending a friend’s 21st birthday party at the Wright Venue nightclub in Swords.

Judge Cormac Quinn said it was a “shocking case” and imposed a three year sentence, with the final 18 months suspended, on each man.