A BUS driver has been given athree-year suspended sentence in a buggery case described by Circuit Court Judge Carroll Moran as "socially repugnant - even in these tolerant times". Sean McDonnell (58) of Churchill Meadows, Raheen, was convicted of the charge of buggery with an Alsatian on October 7, 2008 after a woman was "found in an unresponsive state" after she had sex with a dog owned by Mr McDonnell. The mother of three was pronounced dead in hospital later that night. Limerick Circuit Court heardthat the father of three had posted messages regarding bestiality on the internet throughwhich he encountered the woman. A laptop computer owned by Mr McDonnell was found to have accessed a bestiality website with over 1.5million hits in a five month period. This, Judge Carroll Moran said, was a "shocking" aggravating factor in the case. When the woman became unresponsive during the sexual activity, Mr McDonnell called the emergency services. Dr Aine Moran pronounced the woman dead at the Mid Western Regional hospital but a post-mortem carried out by Dr MariaCassidy was unable to determine an exact cause of death.
The court previously heard that Mr McDonnell's name was added to the register of sex offenders' and any person on the register is disqualified from having a haulage licence for avehicle which carries more than nine people. This, the judge said, along with the "enormous adverse publicity", was severe punishment for the accused. During the sentencing hearing last week, Judge Carroll Moran said that even in these "tolerant times", acts of bestiality were considered "socially repugnant".