first_imgA GAA linesman and charity fundraiser has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a  young woman in a Donegal nightclub.Letterkenny Court.William Friel, 63, admitted to assaulting the woman at a Letterkenny nightclub after he came up behind her and rubbed his erect penis off her leg. Friel committed the incident at the nightclub on May 17th last year when the disco was very busy.Detective Garda Stephen McGonagle told Letterkenny District Court that the woman had been out socialising with her friends when the attack happened.She revealed how she had been wearing a short skirt and felt something press against her from behind and realised it was the man’s penis.She contacted security staff but the man disappeared but was later identified on CCTV footage.Friel, of Dunaff, Clonmany, was arrested on January 25th last and admitted to the incident.He said he could not explain his actions and was a pioneer but had gone out for a drink that night.He admitted that he had never been in the Voodoo nightclub before, was chatting randomly to strangers and was simply “overcome” on the night.Detective McGonagle said the incident had upset the victim and she was fearful that Mr Friel would carry out a more serious incident  on another occasion.The Garda also stressed that Mr Friel’s penis was not at any time outside of his clothing when he was touching off the woman.He added that he did not feel that Friel was a predator but was to be more pitied despite the seriousness of the charge.When questioned about the incident and why he did it, Friel replied that it was “in his nature.”Solicitor for Friel, Ciaran MacLochlainn, said his client was very remorseful and was well-known in his local community.He was connected with Urris GAA club, was a GAA linesman and was heavily involved in fundraising with numerous charities.Mr MacLochalinn said he had some references from charities but Friel was embarrassed to ask for any more because of the situation.He said his client had €1,000 in court as a gesture to the victim.Mr Friel, who suffers from a heart condition, was supported in court by his wife.The court heard that Friel had four previous convictions of indecent assault against a female child going back to 1992 and 1993 for which he received a two year discharge on each charge in another jurisdiction.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until October 12th for a probation report and also for Gardai to contact the victim to see if she was willing to accept the €1,000 gesture.GAA OFFICIAL AND CHARITY WORKER SEXUALLY ASSAULTED YOUNG WOMAN IN NIGHTCLUB was last modified: July 14th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:clonmanydonegalletterkennynightclubsexual assaultWilliam Friellast_img

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