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Sex offender on the run in Ireland after failing to return from home visit

John Patrick Smyth
John Patrick Smyth

A man serving a sentence for gross indeceny with or towards a child has been on the run in Ireland since Monday.

John Patrick Smyth, did not return to Magilligan Prison in Derry on Monday after an authorised home visit.

The 29-year-old was 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.

Smyth is described as being of fair complexion, medium build, with blue eyes and brown hair. He is approximately 1.7m tall.

Smyth also has a number of identifying marks, including scars on his upper back and left shoulder.

He also has a number of tattoos including one that says 'YIRA' on his lower right arm.

Prison Service officials are appealing for anyone with information to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.