Ex-doctor who abused seven boys drops appeal against sentence
A retired doctor who abused seven boys in his care over a period of 21 years has abandoned his challenge against the severity of his four-year sentence.© Provided by Extra.ie Dr Hickey, a very well-respected consultant with excellent online reviews of his practice, came to the fore during the CervicalCheck aftermath because of the correspondence with Ms Flannelly. Pic: Getty Images
Lawyers for the 86-year-old, who can’t be named due to a court order, told the Court of Appeal yesterday that they were not pursuing the sentence appeal and that a notice of abandonment has been filed. They did not give a reason for the withdrawal.
The doctor was jailed in 2019 following a trial at the Circuit Criminal Court.© Provided by Extra.ie The doctor was jailed in 2019 following a trial at the Circuit Criminal Court. Pic: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie
He had pleaded not guilty to 12 charges of indecent assault and one of sexual assault committed during medical examinations on dates starting in 1971. A medical expert testified during his trial that there was no medical basis for the behaviour described by the seven accusers.
The doctor was found guilty on all counts and Judge Martin Nolan sentenced him to four years on one count of indecent assault and 18 months on all other counts. All sentences were concurrent. Following the conviction, Judge Nolan described the offending as a ‘serious pattern of misbehaviour’.
In November last year, the doctor lost an appeal against his conviction.