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Notorious child rapist who fled Ireland is back in the country

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
Return: Ward fled the country during the summer
Return: Ward fled the country during the summer

Notorious child rapist Danny Ward has returned to Ireland after fleeing the country during the summer following a series of incidents in which he was targeted.

Ward (35) was the subject of a number of vigilante attacks here before making the decision to flee the country in August. 

At the time he informed gardai he was leaving the country who in turn informed UK authorities he was intending to reside there for some time. He was spotted by a member of the public who took pictures of him aboard the Dublin to Holyhead ferry.

Back in the country his movements are now being monitored at a secret location by gardai and the probation services. 

Ward had been attacked by vigilante groups a number of times in the months prior to leaving the country, and has had to be moved several times and protected by gardaí.

In July he was chased and allegedly beaten by a group in Dún Laoghaire. It was reported that he was sleeping rough in the area at the time. 

Ward was set upon in Dun Laoghaire Garda Station. A man who has appeared in a video of the incident allegedly punching and kicking the sex offender has been arrested by appointment.

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Before that he was ran out of accommodation in north Dublin and Ringsend by angry locals.

Ward had been drinking in a local pub when he was spotted by a man who recognised him from previous media coverage. Ward was said to be "knocking back pints at the time". 

It is understood that the man who spotted him called a few of his associates and Ward left the pub, but by this stage the other individuals arrived at the scene and Ward "suffered a few thumps".

He then travelled to Wicklow Town hoping to go unnoticed but after he was spotted in the town gardai bundled him into a garda car and took him out of the area in fear a vigilante mob would attack him.

Since his return to Ireland in recent weeks the 6ft 2in man has been under the supervision of the Probation Service and Gardai under its Offender Risk Assessment and Management Scheme ( SORAM).

Under the scheme he has to make his whereabouts known to gardai.

Read: Moment child rapist was attacked in garda station.