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Villagers find a paedophile in their midst

By Deborah McAleese

Police have been forced to step up security around the home of a child rapist after neighbours discovered his identity, the Belfast Telegraph can reveal today.

Unknown to residents of a Co Down village, paedophile Eugene John Worsfold (41), who was jailed in 1999 for the brutal rape of a teenage girl, has been living in the area for four years.

The Belfast Telegraph has learned that police have advised Worsfold, who has a string of convictions for offences against children, that he should consider moving from the area after tensions rose when residents learned of his sordid past.

Worsfold was jailed for seven years at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin for twice raping a 14 year-old girl.

The girl had been walking along the Belfast road from Swords because she did not have the bus fare home and Worsfold stopped to give her a lift.

However, instead of taking her home he drove her on the back roads towards Dublin, struck her on the face and raped her in a nettle patch. He then ordered her back into the car before raping her again and then handed her £1.50 to get a bus home.

When he was being sentenced Judge Mr Justice Carney said the girl who Worsfold had "effectively abducted" had believed she was going to die.

In 1994 Worsfold was jailed at Craigavon Crown Court for 18 months for assaulting, ill treating and neglecting a child.

After serving part of his rape sentence Worsfold moved to the village of Dundrum in Co Down where his movements and behaviour have been monitored by the authorities. However, residents, who for four years were in the dark about his past, now want him moved.

John Walker, chairman of the local community group, said: "He is living close to a school, a children's play park and playing fields. It was a complete shock to me when I heard this.

"We are planning to hold a meeting about this."

DUP MLA for the area Jim Wells said: "Everyone in the area was alarmed to hear of this man's past and that he has been living here for four years without them knowing."

Worsfold was not at his registered address when the Belfast Telegraph called at the house.

However, an unmarked police car was parked outside.

The PSNI said it could not comment on the case but a spokeswoman said: " The management of the risk posed by sex offenders in the community is the responsibility of a range of partner organisations.

"Offenders are subjected to the most robust multi-agency risk management and monitoring process. However, it is not appropriate to discuss the details of such operations."

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