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KILLER FREE Infamous killer, rapist and armed robber Ian Horgan is back on the streets

Career criminal and killer is released from prison yet again - and is welcomed by girlfriend

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Ian Horgan, convicted killer, rapist and robber is greeted by his girlfriend after being released from Midlands Prison.

Ian Horgan, convicted killer, rapist and robber is greeted by his girlfriend after being released from Midlands Prison.

Ian Horgan, convicted killer, rapist and robber is greeted by his girlfriend after being released from Midlands Prison.

Killer rapist Ian Horgan is greeted with a hug as he emerges from prison after his latest stretch behind bars.

Horgan - convicted of manslaughter and rape carried out when he was just 16 - was welcomed back to freedom by his girlfriend Teresa, sister of infamous Cratloe Woods rapist Thomas O'Neill.

Horgan, now aged 36, finished a four-year sentence imposed for a terrifying knife-point robbery in Macroom, in Co. Cork.

He has previously committed serious offences within months of being released from prison, and is described as being a highly volatile and dangerous criminal.

The Corkman's release will be a cause for concern in Limerick, where he had been living, and it is expected gardaí will closely monitor his activities.

Since his arrest at the age of 16, Horgan has spent most his life in prison with convictions for drugs and armed robbery as well as manslaughter and rape.

Horgan's killing and rape of Rachel Kiely in Ballincollig in 2000 shocked the nation because of the brutality of the crime and his young age.

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Victim Rachel Kiely

Victim Rachel Kiely

Victim Rachel Kiely

From a respectable family, Horgan was seen as a normal teenager and was a promising Gaelic footballer who won All-Ireland athletics medals.

The eldest of a family of four, he was just 16 when he was arrested on suspicion of raping and killing Rachel (22) on October 26, 2000.

The beautician was a neighbour of the Horgan family. She failed to return home that evening after taking her dogs for a walk in the park.

Following a massive search, her body was discovered concealed in undergrowth near the ruins of an old building inside the park.

It was soon established she had been raped and strangled.

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Horan pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Rachel Kiely and was found guilty of rape.

Horan pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Rachel Kiely and was found guilty of rape.

Horan pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Rachel Kiely and was found guilty of rape.

Eyewitnesses placed Horgan as being in the park at the same time as Ms Kiely and a few days later he was arrested.

Despite his denials, forensic evidence linked him to the crime and he was charged with sexual assault and murder. His 2002 trial heard the DNA samples taken from Rachel's body matched DNA samples taken from Horgan.

He was found guilty of murder and rape and sentenced to life imprisonment, but this was overturned on appeal and second trial was ordered.

While he was out on bail he was arrested over the robbery of a post office in Cork in which the elderly owners were tied up in their kitchen.

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Sick Horgan emerges from prison smiling.

Sick Horgan emerges from prison smiling.

Sick Horgan emerges from prison smiling.

Horgan then pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court in 2005 to Rachel Kiely's manslaughter and was convicted of her rape.

His initial six-year sentence was later increased to 12 years after the DPP appealed against the leniency of the sentence.

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Horgan had his sentence for Rachel’s killing
increased to 12 years after a DPP appeal.

Horgan had his sentence for Rachel’s killing increased to 12 years after a DPP appeal.

Horgan had his sentence for Rachel’s killing increased to 12 years after a DPP appeal.

In 2010, Horgan got another four years in prison for the post office robbery, to start on completion of his manslaughter sentence.

While in Wheatfield Prison in 2013 he clashed with Limerick gangster Ger Dundon, who needed hospital treatment for injuries he suffered in the row.

Horgan was released from prison the same year and moved to Limerick, where it emerged he was living with Teresa O'Neill, the sister of Thomas O'Neill.

Thomas O'Neill served time for raping a woman in a sickening incident in Cratloe Woods in Limerick while he was aged 16.

Horgan was O'Neill's best man at his wedding.

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Teresa O’Neill hugged Horgan on his release.

Teresa O’Neill hugged Horgan on his release.

Teresa O’Neill hugged Horgan on his release.

Within days of his release in 2013, Horgan was stopped by gardaí as he travelled in a car with a convicted child sex attacker.

Not long afterwards, Horgan jumped the counter at a shop in St John's Gate, snatching just €60 after the manager tackled him.

A month later, he was refused bail before a special court sitting in Limerick after being charged in connection with a shooting in which a man suffered 20 pellet wounds to his stomach and hands.

Horgan was acquitted of possessing a gun with intent to endanger life after a trial at Limerick Circuit Court in 2015.

In February 2015, he pleaded guilty to the shop robbery and got a four-year jail sentence, being freed again just before Christmas 2016.

Within three months Horgan was in trouble again, this time for drugs, after a Garda search team found heroin worth €3,000 in the bedroom where he was staying.

A sniffer dog was used to help find the heroin hidden in a sock along with a weighing scales.

A court later heard that Horgan transported the drugs to pay back his own drug debt and had developed a heroin addiction.

Imposing a sentence of two years and three months, with the last six months suspended, Judge Gerard O'Brien described Horgan's list of previous convictions as "somewhat alarming".

His last conviction was for a knife-point robbery in Mallow in which he stole €1,395 from the Carry Out off-licence in Ballydahin, Mallow, Co Cork, on September 18, 2017.

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Horgan was caught on CCTV during a shop robbery.

Horgan was caught on CCTV during a shop robbery.

Horgan was caught on CCTV during a shop robbery.

Horgan entered the shop and put the knife against a staff member's chest before fleeing with the cash.

While the staff member was physically uninjured, she was left deeply shocked and so upset that she could not return to her job for several months.

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