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Fugitive child sex offender arrested

A CHILD sex offender who is prohibited from leaving the UK has been found drunk along a rural road in Limerick.

David Chulan (51) of no fixed abode, was arrested by gardai who found him walking intoxicated along the main Limerick-Cork route.

He is currently in custody in Cloverhill prison awaiting extradition hearings in the High Court next week.

Last April, Chulan -- a registered sex offender -- was prohibited from leaving the UK for five years to protect children from him.

However, he was in Ireland for more than a month until gardai in Limerick came across him by sheer chance when a driver reported a pedestrian who was almost struck by a passing car near O'Rourke's Cross on the N20 road on December 2.


After Chulan was brought to Bruff Garda Station, officers contacted Interpol and discovered he was a registered child sex offender.

Police in England immediately applied for his extradition.

Chulan was charged with intoxication, refusing to give his name and address, and failing to notify his name and address to gardai contrary to the Sex Offenders Act when he entered the country on October 25 last.

At Kilmallock district court, Judge Mary Larkin, fined him €300 for intoxication and gave him a six-month suspended sentence for failing to notify authorities on condition that he immediately register as required.