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High-risk sex offender has sentence reduced

A high-risk sex offender from Co Tyrone who went missing and travelled to eastern Europe has had his jail sentence reduced by a year.

The Court of Appeal ruled yesterday that Ernest George Finlay should serve two years in jail for breaches of his sexual offences prevention orders.

The 56-year-old, from Aughnacloy, was also ordered to complete five years on licence after his release.

Finlay, whose record includes seven convictions for rape, served a 14-year term for sex attacks on prostitutes.

Following his release from jail he obtained a bogus passport in the name of his dead brother and spent about 10 months in eastern Europe without obtaining the necessary permission.

Finlay was eventually arrested and sentenced to three years for the breaches.

Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan said: “The probation report prepared in relation to him recognises he is a devious, predatory and recidivist offender.

“The appellant will now serve two years in custody with an extension period of five years (on licence).”

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