Sunday 22 September 2019

Ger Doyle's early release from jail

Ger Doyle
Ger Doyle

By David Looby

DISGRACED swimming coach and child abuser Ger Doyle has been released early from prison after his sentence was automatically reduced by one quarter.

Doyle, 54, from Emmett Place, Wexford, was sentenced to six and a half years - with some sentences running concurrently - in prison in totality in July 2012 by Judge Alice Doyle at Kilkenny Circuit Court.

The former national and Olympic swimming coach was convicted of 35 sex-related child offences. Five different local people made the complaints against Doyle, with the assaults carried out on boys aged between 10 to 15 years.

A Garda source said: 'He is out and living in Wexford town. He is on our radar and is subject to the Sex Offenders Register.'

One of his victims told this newspaper yesterday (Monday): 'I want to let your readers know that this man is out of prison.'

An Irish Prison Services spokesperson said: 'We can confirm that Gerard Doyle has been released from prison since the start of June but we cannot discuss anything else about individual cases.'

In sentencing Judge Doyle took into account the one year and 20 days Doyle had already served up until that point. He has now benefitted from a 25 per cent reduction in his prison sentence as per Irish law.

Doyle had pleaded not guilty to one charge of sexual assault and 34 charges of indecent assault.

The offences took place at New Ross Swimming Pool between January 1981 and December 1993.

The jury returned unanimous guilty verdicts on all charges.

Doyle, who also lived in New Ross, had previously been convicted of the offences at Wexford Circuit Criminal Court and sentenced to six and half years in prison. A re-trial was ordered on a legal technicality following an appeal to the High Court.

During sentencing, Judge Doyle said the defendant had failed to express any sorrow or remorse for his actions.

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