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Sex beast back on the streets

Brendan Mahoney
Brendan Mahoney

THIS is feared sex beast Brendan Mahoney back on the streets after being released from prison this week.

News of his release will send a shudder of fear through the women working in Ireland’s vice trade, who he is suspected of targeting in a campaign of terror.

Mahoney was sentenced to two years in jail earlier this year for sending a pig’s head to a garda in a sick bid to intimidate him.

He emerged from the Midlands prison clutching two plastic bags containing his belongings.

He was met by a woman who then drove him away from the prison car park. 

The 48-year-old is regarded as one of the country’s most dangerous sex predators. Despite this, because his previous sex offence pre-dated the sex offenders’ register, he doesn’t have to tell gardaí about his movements.

Mahoney had been living in Madrid after skipping bail and has previously claimed he wants to return to live in Spain.

In recent years he has sparked fear among prostitutes, who claimed he has drugged, raped and robbed them at hotels in Dublin.

At one point Gardaí kept him under constant surveillance and prostitutes were warned about him, according to sources.

He has also rowed with cops who regularly stop him because of the threat he is believed to pose.

In return, Mahoney has verbally abused officers and used recording equipment in his van to intimidate them.

Mahoney has been a regular visitor to an area near Arbour Hill frequented by prostitutes.

Two women told gardaí there were held against their will by Mahoney in 2012, according to sources. He picked them up in south Dublin after phoning an escort agency and then drove to a hotel in Ballymun, it was added.

The women claimed that he told them that he wanted oral sex, but said they were drugged and repeatedly raped by him instead.

He later told detectives that the sex was consensual and that the women knowingly took the drugs.

At least four women working as prostitutes have told gardaí they were attacked and robbed by him, but were too afraid to make official complaints.

Officers have found Mahoney carrying various weapons, including a knife and knuckle duster, according to sources.

There were fears he had fitted his van out as a torture chamber with plastic ties to bind possible victims.

He served time for a sex crime in the 1990s and has a total of 46 convictions over three decades for theft, robbery, solicitation of prostitutes and sexual assault.

Sicko Mahoney had to be extradited back from Spain when he failed to appear for a court hearing in connection with the pig’s head incident.

It emerged he had been allowed to have his passport for a week’s holiday, but failed to return to Ireland.

He was found guilty by a jury after a five-day trial at Ennis Circuit Court earlier this year.

During the trial, the garda’s wife said she was “completely in shock” when her husband opened the box to reveal the head at their Co. Clare home in January 2012. 

“I was shocked, horrified, disgusted, probably 17 different emotions all at once. I was afraid. I didn’t know what was going to happen,” she said.

The garda said the pig’s head “was split down the middle”.

He said he was “in complete shock” after discovering the pig’s head inside the box.

During questioning by gardaí, Mahoney claimed he would have laughed it off if he had received such a package.

“It’s only a pig’s head not a human head,” he told officers.

It emerged in court that the young couple had both transferred from their jobs out of the area after leaving their rented home.