Tuesday 25 April 2017

Rapist's €17k award to be in lawyer's account pending victim's action

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Tim Healy

A €17,000 award made to a rapist for an assault on him while he was in prison is to be held in a solicitor's bank account pending the outcome of an action by his victim against him, the High Court heard.

It means an application by the victim, who was 23 when she was attacked in Galway 11 years ago, for a freezing order on the award will not now proceed.

The application related to an award made to Darius Savickis, a Lithuanian national who orally raped the woman as she walked home from work on November 28, 2005.

He pleaded guilty to the rape and was sentenced to six years imprisonment in 2009. While serving that sentence in Castlerea prison he was assaulted by a prison officer.

A High Court jury gave him just €225 for what happened to him in that incident, but the Court of Appeal found he had been assaulted and increased it to €17,225.

His victim then applied to the High Court for a freezing order on that award pending determination of her own civil action seeking damages against him for what he did to her.

The freezing order was sought over concerns Savickis may dissipate the award and to frustrate efforts by his victim to enforce any judgment she may get against him.

Savickis, it was also claimed, was refusing to supply an address on grounds of maintaining his privacy.

Savickis' lawyers had opposed the application.

The application returned before Mr Justice Tony O'Connor Thursday when he was told the freezing order was no longer being pursued and could be struck out.

It had been agreed that the award would held on deposit by Savickis' solicitors pending the outcome of the woman's action.

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