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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Rapist hid to protect his family

A VIOLENT sex offender who went off the garda "radar" for five weeks did not tell them where he had gone because of unwanted media attention, a court heard.

Brian Shevlin, pictured, failed to tell gardai he had moved back to his family home because he did not want his parents "harassed by the police or the press".

Shevlin (34) had found himself homeless before he returned to the inner city area despite knowing he was not wanted there by locals.

Finding him guilty of failing to notify gardai of his whereabouts under the Sex Offenders Act, Judge Patrick Clyne fined him €500.

But the judge said Shevlin was effectively serving a "life sentence of people pointing fingers" and he did not believe this was the intention of the Act. He suggested Shevlin had wanted to protect his parents from a potential "lynch mob".

Shevlin, formerly of Summerhill, had pleaded not guilty to a breach of his obligations under the legislation between April 10 and May 15, 2010.

Shevlin was once jailed for nine years for raping a teenager in a city park. Following this, he was subject to the Sex Offenders Act for an indefinite period.

Detective Garda Patrick Keegan said he was made aware that the accused was possibly living back in Summerhill on May 14 last year.

The garda spoke to his mother and Shevlin came to Fitzgibbon Street Garda Station the following day.

Defence Barrister Rory Staines argued that there was only evidence from the prosecution of the accused being at the Summerhill address for two days.

Detective Sergeant Desmond Tierney said the gardai only had the accused's word for that.

aphelan@herald.ie

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