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Child rapist fleeing 17-year sentence in UK nabbed by gardai

Child rapist fleeing 17-year sentence in UK nabbed by gardai

A child rapist who fled the UK during his trial has been arrested in Ireland.

Reports indicate that the man, who is in his mid 50s, had been hiding out in a home in Gorey, Co Wexford.

Gardai called to a home where the man was believed to be staying with a relative.

He was arrested in the town over the weekend on unrelated matters and it is now believed that police will attempt to have him extradited back to the UK, where he is awaiting a 17-year sentence.

Last year a police force in England issued an alert to say that the man had fled during his trial. He was jailed for 17 years in his absence after he was found guilty of raping one youngster and indecently assaulting another. The girls were sexually assaulted in the 1970s and '80s.

The suspect had been living in Dublin when he was first arrested for the crimes in 2013. He was brought back to the UK for trial but fled before sentencing.

During the trial the jury heard that when the man was15 or 16 he indecently assaulted a girl while he was babysitting at her home when she was about five.

The most serious offence, the rape, was committed against another girl when the man was 19 or 20 and she was aged between five and seven. He was babysitting her.