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Picture posed. Photo: PA Wire

Picture posed. Photo: PA Wire

Picture posed. Photo: PA Wire

GARDAI have set up a special undercover operation to target a notorious rapist.

The man has been stalking the streets in a van in an attempt to abduct and rape prostitutes.

Undercover female gardai have been posing as sex workers in locations in Dublin's north inner city in an attempt to apprehend the middle-aged man, who is considered "extremely dangerous".

Gardai are working on the theory that he is being driven around in a modified van by a younger relative.

"There is huge concern about this individual and there can be little doubt that sex workers are safer because of the presence of these female gardai at specific locations in the north inner city," a source explained.

 

Dangerous

The Criminal who is considered to be Ireland's most dangerous sex offender is from North Dublin and was previously questioned about the double rape of two prostitutes in a north CoDublin hotel.

The man is on bail in relation to a spate of separate unrelated serious criminal charges.

Ten days before he allegedly raped the foreign sex workers, he was stopped while he was driving in a van with duct tape and cable ties.

He has previously been stopped carrying a knife and knuckle duster.

A senior source said: "Make no mistake about this – this individual is capable of murder and there are fears that this is exactly what he will do.

"This individual is the number one danger against women – particularly prostitutes – in this country. He is a suspect in over a dozen rapes and he is extremely violent but also very cunning," the source added.

"There are major concerns about the safety of alleged injured parties.

"This individual is so twisted that he could go looking for revenge because they talked to gardai." The feared thug who lives in the Phibsboro area is facing separate charges in relation to a campaign of terror against gardai in a rural location.

Gardai have not yet been able to build enough evidence against him in relation to the alleged double rape in August.

 

Savagely

The women who were picked up by the man in a van in Dublin city centre on Friday, August 10, last were brought to a hotel. They alleged that they were given a substance and then savagely sexually assaulted.

The women went to Ballymun Garda Station the following morning. Investigators are still awaiting the results of forensic and other tests that were carried out on the women.

The suspect voluntarily attended the station, where he was interviewed but not arrested. The man stated that he had sex with both women, but denied that he had raped them.

Specialist detectives have been probing links between the alleged Ballymun rape and other attacks on prostitutes in Dublin city centre. Sources say that "certain links" have been made in up to a dozen cases.

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