Sunday 17 December 2017

Jail sends wheelchair paedophile home due to lack of facilities

Martin Davoren
Martin Davoren

Darragh McDonagh

A wheelchair-bound paedophile sentenced to five years for indecent assault was transported to Castlerea Prison - and then brought home again - because he could not be accommodated at the jail this week.

Martin Davoren (61) from Corcullen, Moycullen, Co Galway, remained at home last night despite having been convicted of sexually abusing a young girl at Galway Circuit Criminal Court last week.

Davoren is a wheelchair user who has been paralysed from the waist down since he was involved in a road-traffic accident when he was 22-years old.

He was due to commence a five-year custodial sentence on Tuesday and was transported to Castlerea Prison in a specially adapted vehicle after presenting himself at Galway Courthouse.

He could not be accommodated by prison authorities due to his disability and medical needs, however, and was immediately transported back to his home in Galway again.

The 150km round trip occurred despite Judge Rory McCabe putting a stay on Davoren's sentence last Friday to afford prison authorities time to prepare for his incarceration.

Davoren had pleaded guilty to 12 sample charges of indecently assaulting a girl on dates between September 1, 1986 and July 31, 1988; when the victim was between 13 and 15 years of age.

Irish Independent

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