Taxi driver who sexually assaulted passenger late at night in order...

Taxi driver who sexually assaulted passenger late at night in order...
Taxi driver who sexually assaulted passenger late at night in order...
A taxi driver who sexually assaulted a night passenger after passing out drunk in his car will be convicted next month.

The victim told gardaí that she woke up and found Gerard Gunnery (60) with his hand inside himself and masturbating himself. She said he then got aggressive, kicked her out of the car and left her in a heap on the side of the road.

Gunnery’s attorneys asked Judge Karen O’Connor not to define him as those “ten minutes of a life” that were otherwise “all the best.”

Dominic McGinn SC, who defended himself, said his client’s actions that night were “totally atypical”. He submitted testimonials describing Gunnery as a hard-working “good man” with a “kind heart.”

Gunnery of Ellenfield Road, Whitehall, Dublin pleaded guilty in the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to sexually assaulting the woman on December 23, 2017.

Taken into custody

According to a hearing today, Judge O’Connor sentenced Gunnery in custody until December 11th for a sentence.

During the hearing, the victim turned to the court and said that a normal girls night out in town turned into a nightmare when she woke up in the front seat of the taxi parked in front of her house.

The neighbors later said to Gardaí that they had heard a woman call: “Get off me” and “Stop, don’t touch me” and saw the driver pull the woman out of the taxi. She yelled that her leg was stuck under the taxi and he came out and “threw her out of the way”.

She was found crying and screaming on the floor. The court heard that she had bruises on her elbows, kneecaps and jaw.

Gunnery made a statement to gardaí claiming that the woman had told him to try and that he would not have touched her if she had not said so.

“I am really sorry. She was drunk. I was sober, ”he said to Gardaí.

Flashbacks

In her victim impact statement, the woman told Gunnery that “You took advantage of me when you should have brought me home.”

She said she suffered from crippling guilt and shame and entertained thoughts like “I drank too much, my skirt was too short, my knee-high boots were too inviting”.

She feared that her attacker was still in a taxi and knew where she lived. She still suffers from flashbacks and is upset when she sees a silver cab.

Judge O’Connor told the woman that “this was not your fault” and told her that she had shown great strength during the night and since then.

“I sincerely hope that you get to a point where you can leave this behind,” she said.

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