A man ordered to give police 24 hours’ notice before having sex with a new partner has lost his legal fight to have restrictions on his private life lifted.
North Yorkshire Police argued John O’Neill, 45, remained a risk to the public and should stay subject to the Sexual Risk Order (SRO), he was placed on in 2015, after being cleared of rape in a retrial. Despite being acquitted, the judge said at the time he believed Mr O’Neill to be a “very dangerous individual”, leading to the SRO.
However, District Judge Adrian Lower said on Friday the terms of the order will be amended at a future hearing.
He added the condition that Mr O’Neill gives the police 24 hours’ notice before he starts sexual contact with a new partner was “frankly unpoliceable”.
Mr O’Neill is also subject to surveillance as part of the SRO.