Friday 15 December 2017

Irishman faces sex abuse trial after decade on run

Rory Doyle: went on the run
Rory Doyle: went on the run

John Breslin

AN Irishman accused of sexually assaulting two young girls is in prison in Florida, awaiting trial, after more than a decade on the run.

Rory Doyle (58) was returned to the US following his extradition from Morocco, where he was arrested just less than a year ago.

A former doctor with addresses in Dublin and Kildare, he fled the US in 2001 ahead of his trial on charges of molesting a 13-year-old and an eight-year-old.

He was found in Ireland in 2009, where he had been practising as a doctor under the name David West. This followed an investigation by the Irish Medical Council into complaints against him. He was later stripped of his licence.

In early 2010, the High Court ordered his extradition back to the US to face the charges.

Mr Doyle appealed to the Supreme Court, which was due to deliver its judgment in February 2012.

But he disappeared again after being given his passport back in 2011. He had told a judge he wanted to visit his brother in England for a week over Christmas. He said his elderly mother would be accompanying him.

It emerged at a bond forfeiture hearing in July, 2012, that his mother had spent the week in a hotel in Cork.

It also was revealed his mother went to her local station in Donnybrook, where he was supposed to sign on as part of his bail conditions, and told them her son had disappeared.

But the extradition unit was not informed for nearly a month.

Mr Justice Michael Peart, in the 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 added.

Mr Doyle's mother had to forfeit €100,000 after he fled.

He was arrested in Tangier, Morocco, in November last year.

Mr Doyle will face trial in Florida on three charges of child molestation, and a fourth of failing to turn up for his November 2001 trial.

Irish Independent

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