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Rapist is jailed for licence breach

A teenage rapist who broke into a woman's house and raped her three times has been jailed for two years for breaching a court imposed Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO).

Michael John Gilbert was just 15 years old when, in 2005, he and another man threatened the woman with a screwdriver and hit her repeatedly over the head with a hammer as he raped her and forced her to perform sex acts.

Belfast Crown Court heard that Gilbert (22) was jailed for eight years for that attack, but within 10 days of being released was sending sexually explicit texts and telephoning two fellow sex offenders and a woman called ‘Lisa’, who was in fact convicted paedophile Liam Tully (25).

The other pervert, said the lawyer, was Anthony Kelly whom Gilbert wrote a letter to, but he brought it to the attention of police as he did not want to breach his own SOPO. Ms Brady revealed that in total, between November 14, 2010 and January 6, 2011, Gilbert sent out 1,900 texts to Tully and ‘Lisa' and had made 35 calls to Tully.

In all, Gilbert, with an address at Maghaberry prison but who was staying in a south Belfast hostel at the time, pleaded guilty to five breaches of the SOPO.

Sentencing Gilbert, Judge Patrick Lynch QC ordered him to serve at least a year in custody, and an extended licence period of 18 months.

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