Wednesday 22 January 2020

UK child rapist remanded in custody

A convicted British sex offender was remanded in custody for a week yesterday after he appeared on a breach of the Sex Offenders Act.

William Paden (56) appeared before Judge Patrick Clyne at Cavan District Court after he was arrested near the town on Wednesday night.

He was charged by Garda Gerard Paul McGee that he had failed to notify gardai of his name, address and date of birth, contrary to the Sex Offenders Act.

Paden has convictions dating back to 1974, including rape, indecent assault of a female child and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

There was no application for bail for Paden, who said nothing during the brief court appearance, which lasted just over a minute. The judge remanded the accused in custody until next Thursday, when he will appear again in the court.

Solicitor for the accused, Garett Fortune, asked that his client be remanded back to Arbour Hill prison in Dublin "as soon as possible instead of Castlerea Prison". The court recommended that "appropriate mental treatment'' be made available for Paden. Mr Fortune added that a "possible bail application'' may be made by the accused when he next appears in court.

Irish Independent

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