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Fugitive sex pest captured at hostel

A CONVICTED sex offender accused of breaching bail on charges linked to child abuse images has been arrested -- at a Dublin city centre hostel.

The High Court has remanded the 57-year-old offender wanted in Scotland for allegedly failing to notify the authorities there of his whereabouts.

Scottish authorities are seeking the extradition of Fraser Benjamin McLaughlin, who was arrested at the hostel on Lower Gardiner Street last Tuesday.

In a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) seeking his surrender, it is claimed that he broke the conditions of the Sex Offenders Register by failing to notify the police of his location and that he also failed to answer bail over charges linked to child abuse images.



CHALLENGE

Mr Justice Peter Charleton remanded him in custody to Cloverhill prison until September 15 next, when the case returns before the High Court.

It is now up to McLaughlin, with an address at Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, in Scotland, to either challenge the extradition request in the courts or consent to his surrender back to Scotland.

Sergeant Jim Kirwin of the Garda Extradition Unit in reply to counsel for State, Elaine Farrell, said that McLaughlin was arrested, on foot of an EAW, which had earlier been endorsed by the High Court.

Sgt Kirwin told the court that when the single charge contained in the EAW was put to McLaughlin, he replied: "Nobody told me I had to notify anyone. That is only for Scotland."

In the EAW seeking his surrender the Scottish authorities claim that McLaughlin was convicted at Inverness Sheriff's Court in November 2004 on child pornography charges and was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register.

Those placed on that register are required to notify the police of the location. However, he had not been heard from since early May.

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