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High court orders extradition of rapist wanted in the North

High court orders extradition of rapist wanted in the North

The High Court has ordered the extradition of a man who is wanted in Northern Ireland to serve the remainder of a sentence for the rape of a young woman.

In April 2014 Padraig O’Callaghan (25) of Monog Road, Crossmaglen, County Armagh was sentenced to seven years imprisonment at Newry Crown Court for the rape of the woman.

O’Callaghan pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the 23-year-old victim in Newry on December 11 2011.

He also faced charges of false imprisonment and robbing a purse, bank cards, £100 in cash and a BlackBerry phone.

Yesterday Mr Peter Maguire BL told the court that his client mwanted to take a “certain course of action.”

Mr Tony McGillicuddy BL for the Minister of Justice and Equality said that the accused was arrested on May 12 2016 and he is being sought to serve the remainder of a custodial sentence for the rape offence.

“The custodial sentence is for three years and six months imprisonment. The overall sentence is one of seven years.

The respondent is not sought regarding the theft offence, it is the rape offence only.

The respondent has already served for the theft offence,” he said.

Mr McGillicuddy told the court that the warrant outlines that there are three years and ninety days left to be served.

Counsel for the respondent then called O’Callaghan to take the stand.

O’Callaghan confirmed to the court that he was the respondent in the warrant.

He agreed with Mr Maguire that he had received legal advice in relation to the offences and consented to being sent back to Northern Ireland.

Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly then asked O’Callaghan if he was aware of the consequences of going back to Northern Ireland and serving the remainder of his sentence "under whatever conditions apply in the            jurisdiction." He said he was.

“I am satisfied that the respondent has consented to be surrendered to the issuing state and he has obtained legal advice before consenting to this surrender,” said the judge.

Ms Justice Donnelly then made an order directing that O’Callaghan be surrendered to Northern Ireland.

“I order that you will be detained in prison for a period not exceeding twenty days for the carrying out of this order,” she said.

An application was then made for legal aid which was granted.