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twisted call Rapist used prison landing phone to make threat against Justice Minister Helen McEntee

Caller mimicked terror group by giving a codeword in his message


Justice Minister Helen McEntee

Justice Minister Helen McEntee

Justice Minister Helen McEntee

A jailed rapist who phoned in a bomb threat against Justice Minister Helen McEntee used the phone on his prison landing to make the call - and was recorded doing so on CCTV.

The Sunday World understands the notorious inmate, who cannot be named as he is currently before the courts, made the call by dialling 1 for the Samaritans from a fixed phone on the landing where he is jailed in the Midlands Prison.

Sources say the audio of the March 7 phone call was not recorded as inmates' calls to their solicitors and to the Samaritans are considered private.

However, after gardaí visited the prison to investigate the call, a log of the prison's communications system established that the call had been made from a fixed phone line on the landing where the rapist is incarcerated.

A secondary examination of the prison's internal CCTV system showed the rapist making the call at the time concerned.

Sources said the bomb hoax is likely to have been motivated by the prisoner's unhappiness over the fact he is serving a lengthy sentence for rape while also facing charges relating to previous threats made via telephone.


The rapist made the call from the Midlands Prison.

The rapist made the call from the Midlands Prison.

The rapist made the call from the Midlands Prison.

The sex predator was taken from the Midlands Prison after gardaí in Co. Meath investigating the March 7 threat obtained a special warrant from a District Court judge that allowed them to arrest him in custody.

He was then taken to Portlaoise Garda Station, where he was grilled by detectives for several hours before being sent back to the custody of the Prison Service.

Sources say the prisoner repeatedly denied making the threat - but also launched a bizarre rant about the government when he was being questioned by gardaí.

It's understood he was released without charge, but the Garda investigation is continuing and officers are now preparing a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The man cannot be named for legal reasons, but is regarded as one of the most dangerous sex offenders in the country after he was jailed several years ago for a brutal attack on a woman.

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The attack lasted for several hours and left the victim severely traumatised.

Gardai rushed to the minister's home on March 7 after the Samaritans received a phone call claiming a bomb had been left there.

Although the caller did not claim to be from a terror group, he did mimic them by giving a codeword in his message - just like the Real IRA and other organisations.

It is understood gardaí believe he did that to come across as more authentic - and cause a more serious response by officers.

Gardaí searched around the minister's house in Co. Meath following the call, but nothing was found and officers are satisfied it was just a hoax.

Garda Special Branch and local gardaí began a full investigation and the rapist was arrested in the Midlands Prison on March 26.

The Midlands Prison is home to hundreds of sex offenders, including more than 180 rapists.

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