Saturday 16 December 2017

'Substantial evidence' in Kerry rape claim

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

Eilish O'Regan

Gardaí investigating the alleged rape of a 61-year-old female patient in a Kerry hospital have gathered substantial forensic evidence.

A file on the alleged rape of the woman by a health worker at the Bons Secours Hospital in Tralee will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) shortly.

The assault is alleged to have happened on September 10 in the private hospital after the woman had an MRI scan.

Gardaí now have considerable forensic evidence and have carried out a large number of interviews.

However, the whereabouts of the accused, who left Ireland last week with his wife and child, remain unknown.

He was suspended by his employer, a diagnostics company which offers MRI and CT scans at the hospital.

A spokesman for the company said yesterday it had had no contact with the man since he resigned.

When gardaí arrived at the hospital following the woman's allegation, the worker, who was in the middle of another scan, admitted having sex with the woman but claimed that it was consensual.

He accompanied gardaí to the station and was not arrested and charged.

The man resigned from his job, which he had held since 2009, and did not keep an appointment with the gardaí late last week.

The woman has since been offered counselling.

She had given the health worker a €10 tip after having the scan and was changing into her clothes when the alleged attack happened.

The Bon Secours hospital group yesterday declined to say what measures it has introduced in the wake of the alleged incident.

Read more: Employer had done checks on Kerry rape accused 

Irish Independent

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