Man Who Falsely Accused Louis Walsh Of Groping Him Loses Appeal

Unemployed dance teacher Leonard Watters, who falsely accused music manager Louis Walsh of groping him in a nightclub, has lost an appeal against his six month prison sentence.

Mr Watters pleaded guilty to making two false reports to gardaí that the pop music mogul sexually assaulted him in Dublin nightspot Krystle in April 2011.

Judge Katherine Delahunt increased Watters' sentence to 11 months but suspended the last five on condition he co-operates with probation services and enters an alcohol rehabilitation programme.

Watters showed no emotion as prison guards took him away from the court.


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