Released Rapist George Arundel back on streets for Christmas
Serial offender told chaplain and his mother he wanted to stab female prison officer in a crime he 'would get life for'
A vile sex attacker who threatened to rape the wives and daughters of gardai and to kill a prison officer is back on the streets for Christmas.
George Arundel walked free from the Midlands Prison earlier this week promising that this time he plans to stay out of trouble and claims he is no longer a danger to the public.
We confronted Arundel, who has more than 35 convictions, as he made his way on foot into Portlaoise town centre.
Asked whether this time will be different, 33-year-old Arundel nodded and said: "I've got accommodation this time.
"I'm just trying to get on with me life now."
Then, noticing our photographer taking his picture, Arundel turned and walked away, stating: "I don't like that fella taking pictures of me."
Arundel's most recent stint in prison began in July of this year after he was convicted of burgling a shop, assaulting gardai and engaging in threatening behaviour.
The threatening behaviour in question consisted of threats to rape the wives and daughters of two gardai after they arrested him.
At his sentencing, defence solicitor, Donal Daly, said of his client: "Unfortunately, he is literally treated as a pariah on the streets because of his previous convictions."
Those convictions included rape, attempted rape, sexual assault and false imprisonment at Tinker's Field, Tinker's Cross, Cork City on May 23, 2011.
He was found guilty by a jury on all counts at a Cork sitting of the Central Criminal Court and was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment by Mr Justice Paul Carney on June 8, 2012.
Arundel's victim told the court that at 9pm on the night in question, she had gone to an off-licence to buy cigarettes and alcohol.
Having moved outside she was approached from behind by a man who said "you're keeping me company tonight".
She said she was dragged to a nearby field, forced to sit on the ground, and made repeated attempts to escape but was overpowered.
The court heard Arundel then attempted to rape the woman but her legs were crossed.
He then forced her to perform oral sex on him before the woman overpowered Arundel and made her way to a nearby public house and raised the alarm.
While serving the sentence for rape, Arundel also targeted a female officer in the Midlands.
Portlaoise District Court heard the accused made threats to kill a female prison officer at the Midlands Prison on December 17, 2015.
The following day he told a prison chaplain that he was going to do something to the officer that he would get a life sentence for.
He also told his mother in phone calls that he hated the female officer and wanted to stab her.
The officer, who was aware of Arundel's past convictions, had been shocked by the threats, which had a devastating impact on her.
Although she did not want to make a victim impact statement, she told a garda that as a result of the threats her long-term relationship fell apart and she had to take medication.
"She's in fear of this man," a detective said in court at the time.
Arundel pleaded guilty to making the threats and was sentenced to 10 months in prison on that occasion.
During Arundel's various court appearances, details emerged of the "dreadful" childhood he endured.
He was in care since he was young, started drinking alcohol aged eight and had spent time at Oberstown juvenile detention centre and at a special facility in Scotland.
Sources said a probation plan is in place for him and it is hoped this time he will stay out of trouble.
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