Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Violent sex offender back in custody after going on run

A sex offender who went on the run two months after his release from jail for raping a pensioner in her own home has been remanded into custody.

Joseph Francis McCabe was jailed for 14 years in 2006 and put on the sex offenders' register for life after he admitted breaking into the woman's house and raping her in February 2005.

Released on licence last February he went on the run last month.

Police warned the public not to approach him, but it is understood he handed himself into police in Londonderry on Tuesday, and he was subsequently arrested on foot of a warrant.

During his 2006 trial 29-year-old McCabe, who had an address at Iris Street in west Belfast at the time, claimed he had been hearing voices since he was eight. Sentencing him at Belfast Crown Court sitting in Antrim in September 2006, Judge Kevin Finnegan QC described the attack as a "terrifying, prolonged ordeal". Judge Finnegan said the woman had been subjected to "a violent sexual offence carried out with significant gratuitous violence".

Judge David McFarland remanded McCabe back into custody and ordered him to appear before Judge Finnegan next week.

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