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Notorious rapist facing return to prison for breach of licence

By Paul Higgins

A sex offender who raped a pregnant mother of eight while holding a knife to her throat was told he faces going back to jail for breaching his early release licence.

Adjourning the breach proceedings for a month at Downpatrick Crown Court, Judge Piers Grant warned 39-year-old Jason Mark Elvis Graham that "compliance [with licence conditions] of itself will not persuade the court" that he should not be sent back to jail.

"You should understand that these were very, very serious offences and any breach of licence conditions is a very serious matter in its own right, is utterly unacceptable... and will be dealt with accordingly," declared the judge.

Earlier defence barrister Seamus Lannon said Graham accepted he had breached the conditions of his early release by drinking alcohol on August 4 this year.

The sex offender's licence is due to run until September 13 next year after Graham, now living in hostel accommodation on the Antrim Road in north Belfast, was jailed for 14 years in 2002 for rape and burglary.

In August 2001, Graham broke into the Bangor home of the mum to eight kids who was five months pregnant at the time, subjecting her to a terrifying rape ordeal while holding a 10-inch blade to her throat. When it was over, Graham burgled her home.

His victim, Karen Grillan, waived her right to anonymity to appeal for help in identifying her attacker.

Graham then fled Northern Ireland, knowing that his victim's accurate description would quickly identify him.

He later returned and gave himself up to police in Bangor.

At his trial, his defence lawyer said it was an opportunistic burglary and the rape was an impulsive act when he found Ms Grillan in bed.

"Graham now accepts how low he had sunk and that his behaviour was diabolical and shaming, and wishes to express his utter apologies to the injured party," said Eugene Grant QC.

Passing the original sentence, Judge David McFarland said a term of 14 years was appropriate given the extent of the violence and the sexual indignity imposed.

Released on continuing bail yesterday, Graham hid his face from a waiting photographer, lamenting how the repeated reporting of his heinous crime kept putting him in the public eye.

"This has effects for the victim as well as me.

"I made a mistake and I'm trying to turn my life around," Graham said.

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