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Second woman allegedly 'groped' by medic accused of rape

NewsBy Patrick O'Connell
Bon Secours Hospital in Kerry
Bon Secours Hospital in Kerry

A FAMILY member of a 65-year-old woman has alleged she was groped by the medic accused of rape in a Kerry hospital.

The 65-year-old attended the Bon Secours hospital to undergo a medical examination several weeks prior to the September 10 alleged rape of a 61-year-old.

Speaking with the Sunday World, the family member alleged the woman was groped by the same medic.

“When she read the story in the Sunday World revealing this fella had been accused of rape, my mother became extremely upset,” the man told us earlier this week.

“She told my sister that after she undressed to undergo an examination in the hospital he put his hands on her in a highly inappropriate manner. Basically he groped her.

“She said she was so upset she got up without undergoing the procedure and left the hospital.

“She didn’t tell anyone, but when she read the story in the paper she was really upset because she feels if she complained at the time this might not have happened.

“She is still reeling over this and has told us she does not wish to make an official complaint.”

In the week since we revealed details of the shocking alleged rape at the hospital, Gardaí in Kerry have now formally interviewed a large number of staff members.

It’s understood that when the original allegation was put to the non-national medic he denied rape, but claimed he had consensual sex with the 61-year-old woman.

The assault is alleged to have happened on September 10 in a dressing room in the private hospital after the woman underwent a medical procedure.

The whereabouts of the accused, who resigned his position at the hospital in the wake of the allegation, is unknown.

It was reported earlier in the week that he has now fled the jurisdiction, but Gardaí have, so far, been unable to confirm this.

He was interviewed by Gardaí in the initial stages of the investigation, but was not arrested or charged.

The employee was suspended by his employer Alliance Medical, a diagnostics company which offers MRI and CT scans at the hospital.

The man resigned from his job just days later, a post which he had held since 2009, and did not keep an appointment with the Gardaí late last week.

“This is a very thorough investigation,” a source told the Sunday World.

“A lot of work has been done, but investigating officers are waiting for the medical results to be returned before they will be in a position to forward a file to the DPP.”

Asked why the medic’s passport had not been seized, the source said this was not legally possible.

The Sunday World understands that the foreign national, who is married and has a child, was vetted twice and cleared to work by Gardaí in the hospital.