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Rapist is restrained and taken from court

A dangerous sex offender who raped a woman in her own home had to be physically restrained and carried out of court yesterday after a judge jailed him until next July.

After Belfast Recorder Tom Burgess told James Lee Roy (31) he had been in breach of his licence, the burglar-turned-rapist refused to stand for prison officers.

As he hurled abuse at the four officers, they forced him to the ground and handcuffed his hands behind his back. With one officer at his legs and another holding him in a headlock, they carried him out of Belfast Crown Court.

The judge had decided that Roy, with an address at Dismas House hostel on Belfast’s Ormeau Road, had breached terms of his sex offenders licence by not telling the authorities the identities of two women he had met by chance.

In January 2002, Roy was jailed for 10 years for what was described by Judge Derick Rodgers at the time as “frankly, the stuff of nightmares”. The judge had heard that in July 2001 Roy had broken into a 26-year-old woman's house and had raped her after tying her up, gagging and blindfolding her.

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