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John English. Photo: Courtpix

John English. Photo: Courtpix

John English. Photo: Courtpix

A RAPIST has been returned to prison just six days after being bailed pending an appeal.

John English (36) was arrested twice over Christmas for breaching release conditions.

He was detained on New Year's Eve after gardai caught him staying 250km from where he was meant to be.

Before that he was held over an alleged burglary at the Everleigh Garden nightclub on December 19.

English, who is appealing the reactivation of a five-year suspended portion of an 18-year rape sentence, admitted breaching his release conditions.

He was granted bail earlier this month over the attack on an Australian woman he met in a bar in Cork city.

The rapist had been ordered to avoid alcohol, behave well, live at an address in Blackpool, Co Cork, and sign in with gardai three times a week.

But he was hauled before a special sitting of the High Court yesterday after gardai arrested him on New Year's Eve following a special eight-hour surveillance operation.

The sex offender had failed to sign in as required since December 20 and had spent three days staying at a hostel on Gardiner Street in Dublin. On December 31, he left the hostel at 11.10am and returned at 6.10pm. When he was arrested by gardai, he had six cans of beer.

At a three-judge hearing convened to hear an application to revoke bail, English admitted drinking in a pub while away from the hostel.

THREAT

Chief Justice Susan Denham, Mr Justice Paul McDermott and Ms Justice Iseult O'Malley returned him to prison.

Last February, the defendant was sent back to jail for five years for failing to comply with the conditions of his release.

After he was jailed for the 2002 rape, a judge said English was "a serious threat to the women of Cork."

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