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Rapist breached terms of his licence

BY PAUL HIGGINS

A convicted rapist who went on the run over the border has admitted breaching the terms of the police sex offenders' register.

Appearing in the dock of Belfast Crown Court, 29-year-old Joseph McCabe pleaded guilty to failing to notify police of his intention to travel outside the UK last April.

McCabe, originally from west Belfast but now with an address at a city centre hostel, went on the run with another convict to Co Donegal after he served half of a 14-year jail term for the rape and burglary of a pensioner. They handed themselves in.

On February 1, 2005, McCabe and another man broke into the home of a then 64-year-old woman and subjected her to what a judge described as a "violent sexual offence carried out with significant gratuitous violence".

Last May, Judge Kevin Finnegan QC suspended McCabe's licence for a year, sending him back into custody for 12 months.

Yesterday, the Recorder of Belfast Judge David McFarland adjourned passing sentence in the breach matters until next month when pre-sentence probation reports are compiled.

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