Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 2 September 2015

Judge warns rapist over breaching parole terms

Published 17/02/2011

A man convicted of raping a schoolgirl could return to jail if he breaches his parole licence again, a court has heard.

Rapist Michael Quinn was warned by Belfast Crown Court judge Mr Justice Hart that if there was a third breach he faced the “very real likelihood of going back to prison” to serve out the remainder of his sentence.

However, Mr Justice Hart only suspended Quinn's parole licence for six months for this latest breach — for drinking after he was attacked last month in a Tesco store.

Defence lawyer Barry Gibson said that following the attack, which took place in a south Belfast branch of the supermarket, 22-year-old Quinn, who “did not react to the attack on him”, returned to his bail hostel and started drinking.

The lawyer added that what Quinn did was “not excusable but understandable” given the circumstances of the attack for which “a number of young men have been made amenable”.

Mr Gibson said that it was not until the following morning that hostel staff suspected that the “red-eyed Quinn” had been drinking, which proved correct once breathalysed.

Mr Justice Hart said the fact that this was a second breach was a significant matter and an aggravating factor, and that it would be open to the court to revoke his licence altogether.

Quinn, formerly from Glasvey Drive in west Belfast, was originally jailed for eight years in 2007 for twice raping a 15-year-old English schoolgirl in 2005.

In the aftermath of the attack the girl's mobile phone was taken from her and used to call the girl's mother to taunt her.

He was freed on parole in August 2009. However, within six-and-a-half weeks, in October that year, Quinn absconded and was later arrested for attempting to break into a house in Marlborough Park Central, Belfast.

Belfast Recorder Judge Tom Burgess eventually gave Quinn a concurrent two-year jail term last September, a year of which was to be served on licence, but which has already been revoked by the parole commissioners.

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