Published: 00:01, 02 October 2014 |
Updated: 13:51, 02 October 2014
A former Whitstable publican suffered a massive heart attack within hours of being convicted of a string of appalling sex offences on a child.
Craig Rafferty – who once ran the Fountain Public House – was rushed to hospital after his heart stopped three times.
He was then placed in an induced coma for two weeks while surgeons fought to save his life.
"He was left feeling ashamed and dirty and you have shown not one shred of remorse" - Judge James O'Mahony
"He was left feeling ashamed and dirty and you have shown not one shred of remorse.”
John O’Higgins, defending, said that after the jury’s verdict he was “struck down by a very serious illness”.
“There was a serious question mark for a time over his survival after suffering a heart attack in prison when his heart failed three times.
The seriousness of his condition was reflected by the fact he was in an induced coma for two weeks.”
The barrister said Rafferty now needed “powerful” medication to deal with his ongoing heart problems which is also affecting his memory.
He added that some may conclude that for Rafferty to “suffer so gravely” could be viewed as a form of “divine punishment”.
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