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Sex offender on the run nabbed by authorities

Nabbed: John Patrick Smyth
Nabbed: John Patrick Smyth

A convicted sex offender who failed to return to prison has been re-arrested by authorities.

Violent child sex beast John Patrick Smyth was detained by police in Antrim yesterday after failing to return to Magilligan prison in Derry. 

The 29-year-old is serving a sentence for gross indecency with or towards a child, rape, aggravated assault armed with an offensive weapon, threats to kill and drug use.

He failed to return to the prison on Monday, and the PSNI issued an image of him in a bid to trace his whereabouts. 

They told the public the inmate had several distinguishing features, including scars on his upper back and left shoulder and a number of tattoos including one that says 'YIRA' on his lower right arm.

He also has the letters 'ftw' and a number of dots inked across his knuckles, authorities said. 

A police spokesman added: "A male prisoner who was notified to police as being unlawfully at large was arrested in the Antrim area this morning and returned to HMP Magilligan.”