Man who approached boy (2), took his hand and called him ‘sexy’ avoids jail

‘SHOCKED’ |

The mother said she told him to leave her son alone, at which point Dvaranauskas raised his hands and said, “Just saying hello, hot boy.”

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A man who approached a two-year-old boy walking with his mother, held his hand and called him “sexy” has been found guilty of threatening and abusive behaviour.

Court presenter Inspector Tony O’Sullivan told Fermoy District Court that the boy was walking with his mother along Lower Cork Street in Mitchelstown, Co. Cork on April 20, 2023 when the incident occurred.

Giving evidence, the boy’s mother told the court that it was a sunny day and she was walking down the busy street at around 3pm with her son holding her hand.

She told the court someone came up behind her and “pulled” her son. The person then said “come on kid” twice while holding her hand.

The boy’s mother said she turned around expecting to see someone she knew, but was met with Aivaras Dvaranauskas, 37, of Richmond Hill, Fermoy, Co. Cork, a complete stranger.

She said she told him to leave her son alone, at which point Dvaranauskas raised his hands and said, “Just saying hello, hot boy.”

The boy’s mother said she was shocked by what happened and called her brother to come pick them up. Shortly afterward she ran into her sister who was walking down the same street and told her what had happened.

The boy’s aunt told the court that when he met his sister she was crying and very upset about what happened. She said she simply “saw red” and went after Mr. Dvaranauskas to take a photo with his phone.

She said when she saw him leaving the Dealz store in Mitchelstown, he smelled of alcohol. She took a photo of him and the two sisters went to Mitchelstown Garda Station and reported the incident.

Defense lawyer Matthew Bermingham said his client denied using the word “sexy” in relation to the boy. He also added that the behavior could be considered insulting but not threatening.

Judge Colm Roberts said: “I do not see how trying to take a child from someone is not a threat. It’s pretty clear that her mother was shocked and upset.

“We are talking about a small child. Mr Dvaranauskas had probably been drinking and probably did not know what he was doing, but that does not reduce the impact of his behaviour.”

The court heard Mr Dvaranauskas had 11 previous convictions and worked for a car valet establishment as well as a local farmer.

Judge Roberts found him guilty of threatening and abusive behavior and sentenced him to one month in prison, suspended for two years.

The sentence was suspended on the condition that Mr. Dvaranauskas stay away from the woman and her son and remain sober in public.