Friday 15 December 2017

Employer had done checks on Kerry rape accused

Bon Secours Hospital, Tralee, Co Kerry
Bon Secours Hospital, Tralee, Co Kerry
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

The hospital worker who is accused of raping a 61-year-old woman in Kerry had his criminal history checked twice in the past three years by his employers, the Irish Independent has learned.

The man was employed by an international company with 170 staff in Ireland providing diagnostic scans on hospital sites.

The worker, who is accused of raping the woman at the Bons Secours Hospital in Tralee on September 10, came up clear on both occasions following the routine vetting procedure.

The man, who was not arrested, did not turn up to a garda appointment last week and is believed to have left the country.

A file is now being prepared by the gardaí and will be sent to the DPP.

The worker, who was with the company since 2009, is married with one child.

His wife is also understood to have been employed as a health worker here and has now resigned.

He was directly employed by a company contracted to provide diagnostics scans at the Bons Secours and not by the hospital.


He told gardaí he and the woman had sex but claimed it was consensual.

The woman told gardaí she was attacked after she gave him a €10 tip and was changing back into her clothes following a scan.

The woman has undergone forensic examination and been offered counselling.

A spokesman for the diagnostics company said they did not know of his current whereabouts.

Regulatory authorities in Ireland had been notified of the allegation against him and this will also be circulated to similar bodies abroad.

A team of executives in the company from the UK travelled to the Kerry town in the wake of the allegation.

The allegation led to the setting up of a internal inquiry by the company.

The review found that its patient safety procedures are in line with other similar healthcare providers. However, a spokesman said it is now considering if further steps to enhance safety can be taken.

It is checking to ensure all staff have up-to-date registration and garda clearance.

Bill Maher, head of the Bons Secours group of hospitals, said he is to receive a report from the company this week.

The company is providing upgraded MRI and CT ­technology which allows for better image quality at the Tralee hospital.

Irish Independent

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