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Schoolboy upskirt sentencing is adjourned

THE TEENAGER convicted of taking “upskirt” images of two teachers at an Enniskillen school yesterday appeared in court for the first time, only to have his sentencing adjourned. 
Timothy Boomer (18), from Lisnarick, was surrounded by an entourage of around 10 supporters and family when he attended Enniskillen Magistrates Court on Tuesday. 
District Judge Michael Ranaghan had previously ordered Boomer, who is now a student and no longer living in Ireland, to appear for sentencing. 
A youth conference report had been ordered on Boomer’s behalf after he was found guilty of five counts of committing an act of lewd, obscene and disgusting nature and outraging public decency by making a covert video recording underneath the skirt of a woman. 
Three of the charges related to one teacher at Boomer’s former school, Enniskillen Royal Grammar, previously named Portora Royal, while the remain two relate to another of his teachers at the school. Both victims were present in court yesterday, as they had been throughout the trial.
The teenager made the recordings, which were later found on a USB memory pen, between 2015 and 2016 when he was 14 and 15-years-old. 
Yesterday in court a representative from the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) requested sentencing be adjourned as new medical evidence regarding both victims had come to light. This included a therapist’s report for one, which they said the PPS had an obligation to investigate prior to sentencing, and applied for an adjournment. 
Boomer’s defence, Frank O’Donoghue QC, opposed the adjournment. Mr O’Donoghue argued it was  accepted both victims in the case had suffered offence and upset over what Boomer had done. 
“There is no doubt what has happened in this case has given rise to adverse affects on the teachers,” he said. “Whether or not they have suffered a clinical illness is a matter for the debate at another court on another day.” 
Mr O’Donoghue added Boomer had been a boy when the offences took place, and was now a young man who had had it “hanging over his head” for a significant length of time. 
The barrister said the case had taken so long to progress Boomer had turned 18, meaning he had now been “outed” by the press. He said any additional adjournments would add further publicity to the case.
After taking some time to consider the matter with the youth court panel, Judge Ranaghan said they felt it was safer to adjourn sentencing for a short time. The case is due back before the court on May 14th. 
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