|John O’Neill had to give police 24 hours notice before he had sex (Picture: PA)|
A man who had to give police 24 hours’ notice before he had sex – despite being cleared of a rape charge – has had the ‘asbo’ lifted. John O’Neill from York now instead has to give cops a heads up ‘as soon as is reasonable practicable’ if he wants to have sex.
Speaking out in June, the 45-year-old single father said the Sexual Risk Order (SRO) he had imposed on him ‘puts an end to your life’. ‘I had more freedom in prison,’ he said, referring to the 14 months he spent on remand before his acquittal. Before the SRO was imposed, the man said he previously enjoyed S&M and visiting fetish clubs with his ex-partner – but now there was ‘no prospect’ of a relationship.
‘Can you imagine, 24 hours before sex?’ he said. ‘Knock, knock, knock, this is the police, Mr O’Neill is subject to a Sexual Risk Order and is considered to be potentially dangerous… Then they leave.’
|John O’Neill no longer has to wait 24 hours (Picture: PA)|
In August, a judge branding the ruling ‘wholly disproportionate and frankly unpoliceable’. However he stated that the SRO must continue – but under different terms. Today, his ’24 hour sex asbo’ was scrapped and 12 conditions were put in place – including that a third party must be present during medical appointments.
Credit: Metro, UK