Rapist who fled to Donegal jailed

Rapist who fled to Donegal jailed
A ‘dangerous’ sex offender who fled Northern Ireland to the Republic was jailed for six months on Friday for skipping the jurisdiction without telling police.

A ‘dangerous’ sex offender who fled Northern Ireland to the Republic was jailed for six months on Friday for skipping the jurisdiction without telling police.

Belfast Crown Court heard that convicted rapist Joseph McCabe (29) went missing on April 2 this year from a hostel he was staying at just two months after being released from jail on licence.

Crown lawyer John O’Neill told the court that two days later McCabe phoned the hostel and told the manager that he had been “abducted by paramilitaries, was driven away and was somewhere in Dundalk’’.

He was later stopped by Gardaí in Dundalk and provided a false name and a bogus date of birth.

McCabe fled Dundalk and headed to Donegal where he was holed up in a caravan for several weeks.

Mr O’Neill told Recorder Judge David McFarland that McCabe knew he was required to notify the PSNI if he intended to leave the UK jurisdiction.

As a result, he said, McCabe was in breach of the terms of the notification order.

On May 5, McCabe handed himself into a police station in Derry.

He later appeared at Newry Crown Court before Judge Kevin Finnegan QC who had sentenced him in 2006 to 14 years imprisonment for the rape of an elderly woman in her home during a burglary.

Judge Finnegan QC sentenced him to 12 months in jail for breaching the terms of his licence.

On Friday, Judge McFarland said McCabe had been jailed for 14 years for a “very serious rape’’ on a female.

He sentenced him to 12 months for breaching his notification order, with six to be spent in custody and a further six months on licence on his release.

The judge ordered that the six month prison sentence would start with immediate effect.