Irish doctor arrested after two years on the run
Published 28/11/2012 | 05:00
An Irish doctor, who has been on the run for the past two years over allegations of molesting children, has been arrested in Morocco.
Rory Doyle (58) disappeared while awaiting his Supreme Court appeal in Dublin against his extradition to the US.
Police in Tangier arrested him yesterday.
Morocco has no extradition treaty with the US but Mr Doyle is expected to be deported as an illegal immigrant.
He is wanted in Florida on three charges of child molestation and a fourth of failing to turn up for his trial on those charges in November 2001.
He denied the charges, including the allegations involving two girls, then aged eight and 13.
The offences are alleged to have taken place at Treasure Island, Florida, between September 1994 and February 1995 and at St Petersburg, Florida, in July 2000.
In January 2010, the High Court in Dublin ordered that Mr Doyle be extradited to Florida.
But Mr Doyle, with addresses at Donnybrook Manor, Belmont Avenue, Donnybrook, and Sallins Bridge, Sallins, Co Kildare, appealed the decision.
The hearing was due to have been heard last February. But two months before the appeal, Mr Doyle absconded when his passport was returned to him by a judge to allow him spend Christmas with his mother in England.
Doyle changed his name to David West by deed poll in 2004.
After he failed to turn up in the Supreme Court, his mother, Maura Doyle, had to forfeit the €100,000 independent surety she had put forward for his bail
Mr Justice Michael Peart said he had no doubt that Doyle had manipulated and used his mother in a callous fashion.
That money was her life's savings, the judge added, and she was blameless in her son's absconding.