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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Rapist back behind bars following nightclub swoop

JOHN ENGLISH, OF  STREAMHILL, CORK ,WHO WAS JAILED FOR THE RAPE OF A 26-YEAR-OLD AUSTRALIAN WOMAN IN CORK  CITY IN  NOVEMBER, 2002
JOHN ENGLISH, OF STREAMHILL, CORK ,WHO WAS JAILED FOR THE RAPE OF A 26-YEAR-OLD AUSTRALIAN WOMAN IN CORK CITY IN NOVEMBER, 2002

A notorious rapist was back behind bars last night after he allegedly breached strict bail conditions and was caught going through a woman's handbag in a top Dublin nightclub.

Earlier this month John English (36), who is described as a “serious threat to women”, was granted bail pending an appeal against the suspended portion of his 18-year sentence for the rape of an Australian woman he had met in a bar in Cork City.

As part of the bail conditions handed down by the Court of Criminal Appeal on December 12, English was ordered to abstain from alcohol until his appeal is disposed of, and that he|keep the peace and be of good behaviour.

However, it is alleged that on Sunday night a doorman at the Everleigh Garden club in Harcourt Street in Dublin city centre spotted English going through a woman's handbag.

Gardai were called and English was detained. When officers searched him they discovered a packet of cigarettes, which had been in the woman's bag.

“That's all he seems to have got a chance to rob before he was rumbled,” a source said.

English appearing at Dublin District Court yesterday and was remanded in custody with consent to bail of €500. He is due to appear before a sitting of the court again on Friday.

Earlier this month, English was given bail after a judge said his solicitor had raised a substantial point, albeit “an entirely technical one”.

Last February, English was sent back to jail for five years for not complying with the conditions of his release from prison on an 18-year sentence for the rape of an Australian woman he had met in a bar in Cork City.

In 2004, he was sentenced to 18 years, with five years suspended, after pleading guilty to the November 2002 rape.

English has previous convictions for sexual assault, false imprisonment and assault causing harm dating back to 1993.

He was described by Mr Justice Barry White as “a danger and a menace to society” and “a serious threat to the women of Cork”.

Judge White suspended five years of the sentence on condition English comply with all recommendations made by the Probation Services, who directed he abstain from alcohol.

He was released in September 2012 but was spotted drinking and the case was re-entered in the Central Criminal Court. He appeared in court on November 19 last year and promised to stay off alcohol but that evening he was seen by gardai drinking in a Cork pub.

English was ordered to appear again in court but failed to turn up. He was arrested two weeks later in Dublin when gardai found him drunk.

At the sentence reactivation hearing in February, Mr Justice White said he had no option but to jail English for the full five years.

Then on December 12, English’s counsel, told the Court of Criminal Appeal that the obligation for English to abide by all recommendations of the probation service was placed on him for five years from June 28, 2004 – the date of his sentence – and not the date of his release from prison in September 2012.

Judge White suspended five years of the sentence on condition that English comply with all recommendations made by the Probation Services, who directed that he abstain from alcohol.

He was released in September 2012 however he was spotted drinking and the case was re-entered in the Central Criminal Court to have the five-year jail term activated.

He appeared in court on November 19 last year and promised to stay off alcohol but that evening he was seen by gardaí drinking with his father in a Cork pub.

English was ordered to appear again in court but failed to turn up. He was arrested two weeks later in Dublin by chance when gardaí found him in a drunken state.

At the sentence reactivation hearing in February, Mr Justice Barry White said he had no option but to jail English for the full five years.

Then on December 12, counsel for English, Dominic McGinn SC, told the Court of Criminal Appeal that the obligation for English to abide by all recommendations of the probation service was placed on him for five years from June 28, 2004 - the date of his sentence - and not the date of his release from prison in September 2012.

Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman said this “elegant and narrow” point, which was an unusual structural matter concerning the constitution of a court order, appeared to be arguable.

Ken Foy, Crime correspondent

Irish Independent

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