False Walsh claim 'a cry for help'

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Leonard Watters made false accusations against Louis Walsh Leonard Watters made false accusations against Louis Walsh

An unemployed dance teacher who falsely accused X Factor judge Louis Walsh of groping him in a nightclub has suffered from post-traumatic stress for more than a decade, a court has heard.

Leonard Watters is appealing against a six-month sentence for making two false reports to police that the pop music mogul sexually assaulted him in Dublin nightspot Krystle in April 2011.

His solicitor told Dublin Circuit Court new medical reports revealed the father-of-two has suffered from post-traumatic stress since he was badly burned in an accident when he was 11 years old.

He described his 24-year-old client, who has been on bail since he was sentenced in January, as a Walter Mitty-type character who became star-struck over the company he was with in the celebrity nightclub and made an idiotic allegation which was the ultimate cry for help.

Appealing against the sentence, Watters' lawyer told the court his client had brought himself on a "fantastical strange journey" but has now faced his alcohol problems and had time to reflect.

Dressed in a black suit and white shirt, Watters, who has previous convictions for breaching a barring order under domestic violence laws and for driving offences, did not speak during the hearing.

Judge Katherine Delahunt adjourned her decision until Friday morning.

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