Tuesday 12 December 2017

Fugitive on child sex abuse charges facing extradition

John Breslin

A FUGITIVE former doctor accused of sex offences against children and on the run for more than a decade, will be returned to the US to face trial within weeks.

Dubliner Rory Doyle is currently in jail in Morocco where he was arrested almost a year ago after fleeing Ireland ahead of his expected extradition to the US.

It was the second time Mr Doyle went on the run as he also disappeared on the cusp of his 2001 trial. He will be returned to Florida within the next two to five weeks, his former wife has confirmed.

US marshals are preparing to fly to Morocco to bring Mr Doyle back to Florida, via Tampa, and ultimately on to Pinellas County jail, in Clearwater.

Mr Doyle – from Dublin and with addresses in the city and Sallins, Co Kildare – legally changed his name to David West when he returned to Ireland, where he practised as a doctor for years before being unmasked as a fugitive.

The 58-year-old father of two is wanted in Florida to face three charges of child molestation, and a fourth of failing to turn up for his November 2001 trial.

The sexual offences are alleged to have happened at Treasure Island, Florida, between September 1994 and February 1995, and at St Petersburg, Florida, in July 2000. He denies the charges.

The extraordinary saga included Mr Doyle – aka David West – being given back his passport in Ireland while on bail awaiting a Supreme Court decision on a High Court judgment ordering his extradition.

His passport was returned to him in December 2011 after he claimed he and his mother wanted to go on a week's visit to his brother in England.

It later emerged that he had booked his unwitting mother into a hotel in Cork for a week while he went on the run.

When his elderly mother informed gardai that he had disappeared, the extradition unit was not told until nearly a month later.

FORFEITED

Mr Justice Michael Peart, in a High Court bail forfeiture hearing, described the situation as a "mockery of the process".

What happened "points up a serious defect" and "reflects badly on Ireland", he said.

His mother forfeited a €100,000 surety.

Mr Doyle's ex-wife, Alva Doyle, said: "The big disappointment for me was how it was handled in Ireland and the biggest thing for me was he was given back his passport. I just couldn't understand considering he was a flight risk here and a flight risk there."

He was arrested in November 2012 in Tangier, Morocco, where he has been held in jail while US authorities worked on his extradition back to Florida.

Mr Doyle has two children in the US state, a girl now aged 20 and a 16-year-old boy. He has not seen his son since first disappearing. His daughter went for a brief visit to Ireland in the summer of 2011.

Ms Doyle said: "It's never been easy. It's always been about the children, I talk to them as much as possible that it's not their fault, we have got to get through this, explain things according to what they can understand at the time.

"Do I think they are okay? Yeah. Do I think they have come away unscathed? No."

After disappearing in November 2001, Mr Doyle was finally tracked down in 2009, where he had been practising medicine under the name of Dr David West.

He had changed his name in 2004.

Irish Independent

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