January 2018

Rapist, 45, who pretended to be a garda and threatened to arrest a teenage schoolgirl

A convicted rapist who told a schoolgirl he was a garda and threatened to arrest her has been jailed for six months.

Paul Buckley, 45, with an address in Nelson Street in Dublin’s north inner city, was previously caged for four years after raping a woman in Cork city.

A trial at the Central Criminal Court in 2005 heard the sicko, formerly from Gurranabraher, had viciously attacked the woman making her way home after a night out.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard today that Buckley pleaded guilty to the impersonation of a garda at Aston Quay, Dublin on November 11, 2017.

He was drinking in the city centre during the day when he saw a teenage girl in her school uniform standing with a friend.

After challenging the girl about not being at school he showed her a business card with a garda logo on it and told her he was a garda.

The girl told him she had skipped school that day because she didn’t want to do a PE test.

Buckley told her she shouldn’t be embarrassed by the test because she was a “gorgeous girl”.

He asked her to go for a coffee with him and when she said no, he told her she couldn’t leave.

He told her he could arrest her and bring her to the station for not being in school.

He began rubbing her hand and told her she was sexy, Det Gda Byrne told the court.

The girl said she would have to call her mother before walking away from Buckley who did not prevent her this time.

Lorcan Staines, prosecuting, told the court Buckley had revealed to the Probation ­Service that the offence was sexually motivated.