Sunday 22 September 2019

Rapist Berkley asks for transfer to the Central Mental Hospital

Horrific crimes: Eoin Berkley was jailed last month for 14 years
Horrific crimes: Eoin Berkley was jailed last month for 14 years

Aoife Nic Ardghail and Declan Brennan

The man who abducted and repeatedly raped an 18-year-old Spanish student at a derelict site in Dublin has asked to be transferred to the Central Mental Hospital.

Eoin Berkley (25), of Hampton Wood Way, Finglas, admitted raping the woman at the Irish Glass Bottle Company site, Pigeon House Road, on three occasions between July 15 and 16, 2017. Last month, he was jailed for 14 years for what the judge described as "most horrific" crimes.

Yesterday, Berkley appeared at the Central Criminal Court so Mr Justice Michael White could outline the terms of his post-release conditions.

He ordered that Berkley be assessed for the Safer Lives programme or similar, that he follow the directions of his mental health providers and attend all appointments with the Probation Service.

Berkley then asked the judge if he could be transferred to the Central Mental Hospital. Mr Justice White said the prison services would be monitoring his mental health.

Irish Independent

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