Monday 27 January 2020

Rapist claims care neglect while in prison

A TAXI driver who raped a student passenger has had his sentencing adjourned after telling a court he was not being properly cared for in custody.

John Ryan (43) of Clonard, Westbury, Co Limerick, is an amputee and said he was "in agony" after developing an infection in his leg while in prison because he was not allowed to take a bath.

Ryan was found guilty by a jury at the Central Criminal Court last November and remanded to Cloverhill Prison.

He had pleaded not guilty to rape and sexual assault of the woman on October 17, 2007 after picking her up in his cab a short distance from a Limerick nightclub.

At the Central Criminal Court yesterday, Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy adjourned sentencing for three weeks after Ryan raised issues about the medical care while he has been in custody since his conviction.

Ryan said he complained to prison authorities after developing an infection in "a hole in his leg". At his trial last year, his 21-year-old victim said she had taken a taxi home after a night out with friends.

She said Ryan had driven her to a secluded location and raped and sexually assaulted her.

The woman said she tried to take a photo of him on her phone but he took it before she could.

He then returned it and drove her to her apartment.

Ryan left the meter running during the incident and gardai were able to track him down using the receipt the woman grabbed before leaving the taxi.

During the seven-day trial, Ryan denied raping the young woman and said she had initiated sex.

Irish Independent

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