Sunday 18 August 2019

Hospital stays silent on whether Al Porter allegation was reported to gardaí

Comedian Al Porter
Comedian Al Porter

Robin Schiller and Ken Foy

St Patrick's Mental Health Services has refused to confirm if it reported a sexual assault complaint against comedian Al Porter to gardaí.

Earlier this week, the psychiatric hospital in Dublin confirmed it was investigating the allegation, which was made by a patient.

The man's complaint, reported by a Sunday newspaper, refers to a visit by the comedian to the facility in October 2015.

Under current guidelines, the hospital is obliged to report a formal complaint about an alleged sexual assault to gardaí.

However, despite repeated requests to confirm if St Patrick's Mental Health Services had notified gardaí, a spokesperson did not respond.

The hospital is also obliged in law to notify a "serious reportable incident" within 48 hours to the Mental Health Commission, the legal watchdog for mental health services.

It has also emerged that gardaí are investigating Porter (24) in relation to the alleged sexual assault of a man in his late teens.

The male teenager has alleged that the incident occurred at a social event in Dublin city centre in the last year.

Irish Independent

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