'Singing' priest and serial abuser Tony Walsh jailed for raping boy three times in 1980s
Why wasn't Walsh charged with rape under common law -punishable by a maximum sentence of life imprisonment?FORMER ‘SINGING’ PRIEST Tony Walsh has been jailed for seven and half years for raping a boy three times, once with a crucifix.
Anthony Walsh (62) committed the offence at a time when the maximum penalty for this offence, then legally termed indecent assault, was two years. But today Judge Elma Sheahan used her discretion to impose consecutive sentences.
The Criminal Law (Rape) Amendment 1990 increased the maximum penalty for sexually assaulting a child under 17 to 14 years.