Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

On-the-run Belfast rapist Joseph McCabe hands himself in

Joseph McCabe
Joseph McCabe

A convicted rapist who went missing while out of jail on licence has handed himself in to a police station after more than a month on the run.

Police confirmed yesterday that registered sex offender Joseph McCabe has now been located.

A PSNI spokesman said: “Mr McCabe handed himself into a local police station this morning. He was arrested and is currently helping police with their inquiries.

“There are no further details at this stage.”

McCabe was in breach of the conditions attached to his release on licence. He was freed after serving half of a 14-year prison sentence when he went missing on April 2.

At the time, the PSNI was criticised for taking more than 60 hours to issue a public warning along with a photograph of the 29-year-old west Belfast man.

McCabe was jailed for 14 years in 2006 for raping and burgling a 64-year-old woman in her north Belfast home as she lay in bed.

At the time, the sentencing judge said that McCabe had subjected his victim to a “terrifying, prolonged ordeal.”

McCabe was released under 50% remission, as his offence was committed before the controversial early release policy was scrapped.

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