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Sex abuser accused of giving cops fake name

A CONVICTED sex offender has appeared in court charged with failing to notify gardai of his address as required by law.

John McCann (41) allegedly told gardai that his name was "Michael Connors" when they stopped him in Tallaght last Wednesday.

He is accused of failing to notify gardai of his address as required under the Sex Offenders Act, 2001.


McCann, of no fixed abode, is also charged with driving without insurance or a driving licence and failing to provide his name and address, under the road traffic act, at Belgard Road, Tallaght on February 12.

Garda Kieran Kilcoyne objected to bail, citing the seriousness of the charges.

The garda also expressed fears that McCann was a serious flight risk and would flee the country if granted bail.

In relation to the allegation, Gda Kilcoyne claimed he stopped McCann driving a motor vehicle shortly before 5pm last Wednesday.

Gda Kilcoyne said he asked the accused for his name, which he claimed was Michael Connors. He gave a date of birth of August 1978 and an address at Belgard Road, Tallaght.

Gda Kilcoyne alleged that following extensive enquiries he discovered the accused's name was John McCann, with a birth date in August 1972.

The garda claimed McCann is aware of his obligations, under the Sex Offenders Register, because he met with gardai in Tallaght in April 2012 and was informed of his obligations. The garda further claimed McCann has not registered at any stage.

Gda Kilcoyne also alleged the accused left the country after his meeting with gardai in 2012 and he failed to notify them that he had returned.

The court heard that gardai believed McCann, who is a member of the Travelling community, had gone to Wales.

Defence lawyer George Burns said McCann was entitled to the presumption of innocence.

Mr Burns said the accused was willing to abide by any bail conditions, including a curfew and daily sign-on condition.

Judge John Coughlan said McCann's application for bail was "premature" and he remanded the accused in custody.