NI rapist who fled to Donegal admits breach

NI rapist who fled to Donegal admits breach
Joseph McCabe, a convicted rapist from Northern Ireland, who went on the run to Donegal, has admitted breaching the terms of the sex offenders register.

Joseph McCabe, a convicted rapist from Northern Ireland, who went on the run to Donegal, has admitted breaching the terms of the sex offenders register.

According to a BBC report, the 29-year-old pleaded guilty at Belfast Crown Court today to a charge of failing to notify police of his intention to travel outside the UK.

Last May, there was widespread concern when McCabe and a convicted burgler, also from Northern Ireland, were found to be staying in the Dungloe/Burtonport area.

McCabe, a native of Belfast, absconded after serving half of his 14-year jail term for raping a 64-year-old woman and the burglary of her home in February, 2005. Police described the incident as “a terrifying prolonged ordeal” characterised by “significant gratuitous violence”.

Last May, Judge Kevin Finnegan QC, who was the judge in the original rape case, suspended McCabe’s licence and sent him back to jail for a year.

Today, the judge adjourned sentencing to next month to allow completion of probation reports.