Tuesday 12 November 2019

Dublin rapist Trevor Byrne on run from British police after failing to report to bail hostel

Rapist Trevor Byrne
Rapist Trevor Byrne

Alan O’Keeffe

Dublin rapist Trevor Byrne is on the run from British police after failing to report to a bail hostel on his release from prison.

Byrne (39) was arrested in England last November and charged with possession of a shortened shotgun.

He was released from a prison in Preston yesterday but then breached the conditions of his release by failing to report to a bail hostel in Blackburn, said police.

He was also known in Britain by the name Keith Russell.

Trevor Byrne
Trevor Byrne

The dangerous predator has been in and out of prison since his teens.

Byrne, who once asked to be returned to prison, had been the target of vigilantes at a number of addresses in Dublin.

He received a 15-year sentence for raping a woman in November of 1993. During the ordeal the 18-year-old was told by Byrne he had to kill her and he hit her with a brick.

He was released in 2005, but within 36 hours he attacked a woman from the Philippines, threatening to cut her throat. Byrne got a five-year sentence for the attack and was released in 2009.

He then attacked a 24-year-old French woman after following her and forcing his way into her home in Phibsborough in September that year.

Police informed the public in Lancashire yesterday that Byrne was 5ft 11ins tall, of slim build with short brown receding hair, and spoke with an Irish accent.

He was reported to have links to the Merseyside area as well as Dublin.

Detective Inspector Neil Marr from the Sex Offenders Management Unit, referring to Byrne by his alias, said:

"Keith Russell is known to have committed a number of violent and sexual offences in the past and so we want to find him as soon as possible.

"We have a number of officers working to try and locate him. I would urge members of the public not to approach him but to call us on 999 immediately."

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