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Attempted child snatcher to appear in court this evening

Attempted child snatcher to appear in court this evening

A 35-year-old man accused of trying to abduct a 12-year-old girl near the village of Cullahill in Laois yesterday, is due to appear before a special sitting of Portlaoise District Court this afternoon at 3pm.

The suspect is a convicted child sex offender but is not on the sex offenders list as the offence dates back to the 1990s.

He is well-known to gardaí, particularly for robbing priests' houses and church poor boxes and is described as "very volatile and dangerous".

He has a string of convictions and is currently before the courts charged with a number of robbery offences.

He was jailed for four years in 2004 after pleading guilty to the abduction of a 14-year-old girl with whom he was said to have been having a relationship at the time.