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Killer rapist Ian Horgan all smiles with girlfriend despite jail threat after allegedly joining Tinder

Horgan was previously convicted of the manslaughter and rape of beautician Rachel Kiely, which he carried out when he was just 16

Ian Horgan

Eamon Dillon

Sex killer Ian Horgan appeared to have not a care in the world as he went to sign on at a Limerick garda station with devoted girlfriend Teresa O'Neill.

Despite facing prison again for allegedly registering on a dating app under a fake name, Horgan (37) was all smiles this week.

Horgan was previously convicted of the manslaughter and rape of beautician Rachel Kiely, which he carried out when he was just 16.

The pair turned up at the garda station with Horgan holding a large dog on a long lead, as Ms O'Neill briefly chatted with another woman.

Horgan, who was released from the Midlands Prison earlier this year after serving time for a robbery, still has a suspended part of his sentence hanging over him.

Ian Horgan smiles as he walks his dog

He could be ordered by a court to be returned to prison to serve two more years if a case is brought to show he had breached his release conditions.

Horgan has to sign on at the garda station as part of his bail conditions over the case against him in the District Courts in which he is accused of signing up to Tinder under a false name.

Despite the allegation, Teresa O'Neill, sister of infamous Cratloe Wood rapist Thomas O'Neill, has stuck by her man, who she welcomed with hug as he emerged from prison last February.

Horgan has denied a breach of the Sex Offenders Act 2001, after failing to notify gardai of the name that he was using on the app.

The 37-year-old has claimed the use of the name Cian was a simple typo.

Ian Horgan as he went to sign on at a Limerick garda station with girlfriend Teresa ONeill

Gardai are now to lodge an official request to the US Justice Department, to provide details as to how Ian Horgan applied to join the dating app, which the court heard could take eight months.

At a previous hearing, Horgan had authorised gardai to contact Tinder to access any relevant data regarding his application process to join the dating app.

The corporation said they could help the gardai but any request would have to go through official channels.

A garda witness said officers had called to Tinder's registered address in Dublin but discovered no Tinder employees worked there, apart from a receptionist who also dealt with 50 companies registered at the same address.

An arrest warrant had been issued for Horgan last October when he failed to turned up at a court hearing related to the case.

Ian Horgan being released from Midlands Prison and being greeted by his girlfriend Teresa

At his most recent appearance at Macroom District Court he told the judge he didn't have a phone and got his dates mixed up.

Horgan was released on bail to appear before the court again in May next year.

Earlier this year, Horgan finished a four-year sentence imposed for a terrifying knifepoint robbery in Macroom, Co Cork.

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

His fatal sex attack on Rachel Kiely in Ballincollig in 2000 was deeply shocking because of the brutality of the crime and his young age.

Until then Horgan, who was from a respectable family, appeared to be a normal teenager and was a promising gaelic footballer who won All-Ireland athletics medals.

Rachel Kiely

Ms Kiely was a neighbour of Horgan's who had taken her dogs for a walk when she was attacked.

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 Horgan 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.

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

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

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

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


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