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Man who has to inform police if he plans to have sex loses appeal

John O’Neill wanted his Sexual Risk Order to be overturned.

O'Neill outside court today
O'Neill outside court today
Image: John Giles/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A MAN WHO must notify police 24 hours before he has sex has lost his legal battle to have the restriction lifted.

John O’Neill, from York in England, was cleared of rape in 2015, but given a Sexual Risk Order (SRO) due to comments he made to a GP and a nurse in 2014.

BBC News reports that District Judge Adrian Lower said the terms of the “frankly unpoliceable” order would be amended.

However, the judge said O’Neill’s evidence during the hearing made him “increasingly concerned” and he believed the order was needed to protect O’Neill’s future partners.

Speaking after the judgement, a North Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “The judge has made it very clear that he believes Mr O’ Neill poses a risk of sexual harm, and that it is right to have an order against him in place.

“It is of paramount importance for North Yorkshire Police to protect the public from the risk of sexual harm. We will work with the courts to agree suitable prohibitions that will protect the public from the risk Mr O’Neill poses. These prohibitions will be decided on 22 September 2016.”

O’Neill told the BBC he is now homeless and can’t get work.

Comments are closed as the case is before the courts.

Read: Man who was acquitted of rape ordered to inform the authorities if he plans to have sex

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