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On-the-run sex offender agrees to Scottish handover

A 57-year-old convicted sex offender wanted in Scotland for allegedly failing to notify the authorities there of his whereabouts has consented to his extradition.

Fraser Benjamin McLaughlin, who had been in custody following his arrest at Dublin City Centre Hostel earlier this month, told the High Court in Dublin that he wished to return to Scotland "as soon as possible".

In a European Arrest Warrant seeking his surrender it is claimed that he broke the conditions of Sexual 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.

The EAW further claims that McLaughlin was convicted at Inverness Sheriff's Court in November 2004 on child pornography charges and was also placed 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.

When the matter was briefly before the High Court on Wednesday, McLaughlin told Mr Justice Michael Hanna that did not wish to contest the warrant seeking his surrender and that he wanted to return to Scotland "as soon as possible."

The judge, after informing McLaughlin of his rights, made the order allowing McLaughlin's extradition to go ahead.

When the matter was previously before the High Court, Sergeant Jim Kirwan of the Garda Extradition Unit said that Mr McLaughlin was arrested, on foot of a EAW, at a hostel on Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin 1 on September 2 last.

Sgt Kirwan told the court that Mr McLaughlin, of Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, acknowledged to him that he was the person identified in the warrant.


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