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Serial rapist Wayne Liddy fails in bid for release from jail to visit sister's grave

By Alan Erwin

A convicted serial rapist has failed in a legal bid to be allowed out of jail to visit his sister's south Armagh grave.

Wayne Liddy mounted a High Court challenge after being denied temporary compassionate release to go to the cemetery in Crossmaglen.

Authorities at Maghaberry refused to let him out amid fears he may commit further offences or flee.

A trip accompanied by prison officers was also ruled out because they could be put at risk from any dissident republican terrorists in the area.

Lawyers for Liddy (49) sought to judicially review the Northern Ireland Prison Service, arguing that its refusal was unreasonable.

But Mr Justice Treacy dismissed the case after rejecting all grounds of challenge.

Liddy is currently serving a 12-year sentence imposed in 2009 for a series of sex attacks committed before he started a new life in Northern Ireland.

He admitted raping two woman and indecently assaulting a third in east London during 1992 and 1993 after DNA linked him to the crimes. Although police had obtained a sample belonging to the rapist, it took nearly 15 years before Liddy was eventually caught and convicted.

Forensic matches were established after he was arrested for criminal damage offences in Armagh in 2007.

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