Court of Appeal halves sentence handed down to GP who groped teenage girl

The defence team successfully argued that the sentencing judge failed to give him a sufficient discount for mitigating factors

Court of Appeal halves sentence handed down to GP who groped teenage girl

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The Court of Appeal has halved the two-year sentence handed down to a Cork GP who groped a teenage girl 25 years ago.

Dr Kevin Mulcahy of Creggan, Lombardstown in Mallow indecently assaulted her during a house call to her terminally ill mother.

This time last year, Dr Mulcahy was convicted of indecently assaulting the then 15-year-girl following a two day trial.

The court heard he touched her inappropriately after her mother asked him to examine her for a chest infection during a house call in December 1989.

The prosecution came on the back of a complaint made by his victim six years ago and he was sentenced to two years in prison.

His defence team successfully argued that the sentencing judge failed to give him a sufficient discount for various mitigating factors.

The Court of Appeal agreed that he should have given more weight to the fact that his career is now in ruins and he has no income as a consequence of what he did.

His previous good character and the fact that he is a first time offender should also have been factored in to a greater degree, the court decided.

As a result, his original sentence was set aside and a fresh sentence of 12 months was handed down instead.