Saturday 22 October 2016

Sex offender left country to work as delivery man

Brian Shevlin was fined €200
Brian Shevlin was fined €200

A convicted violent sex offender who was once jailed for raping a teenager in a park failed to tell gardai his whereabouts for months while he went to find work abroad, a court heard.

Brian Shevlin (39) was obliged to notify gardai of any change of his address, but left the country to get a job as a delivery man in England.

Dublin District Court heard he had been finding it "very difficult" to get work here because of his criminal record when he made the decision to leave.

Judge Ann Ryan fined him €200.

Shevlin, with an address at Summerhill in the north inner city pleaded guilty to failing to notify gardai of his address under the Sex Offenders Act on January 17, 2015.

Under the Act, sex offenders must notify gardai when they move address within seven days.

The court heard Shevlin notified gardai of his address in the Bridewell area in 2011.

At some point prior to late June, 2014, he left that address and failed to notify gardai within the required seven-day period.

He could not be located again until January 2015, when he was charged. The court heard Shevlin had previous convictions for assault causing harm, as well as his conviction from 1997 at the Central Criminal Court, when he was jailed for nine years for a sexual offence.

Shevlin admitted failing to sign on when he was arrested, his barrister Cathal O Braonain said.

The accused was unemployed and made a decision to leave to seek employment abroad, but failed to comply with the requirements of the Sex Offenders Act.

"He made a decision to go to England where he worked for a delivery company," Mr O Braonain said.

"He finds it very difficult to gain employment because of his record."

The court heard Shevlin also had "very serious difficulties with reading and writing".

He was living off a combination of savings and the support of his parents.

He had not come to the adverse attention of the gardai since this offence in 2015, Mr O Braonain added.

Shevlin did not address the court during the hearing.

Judge Ryan gave him six months to pay the fine.

Shevlin was given a nine-year sentence in 1997 after raping a 16-year-old girl at knifepoint in a park at Mountjoy Square.

He also stabbed his victim in the stomach with a kitchen knife and hit her with his fists during the attack in 1996.

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