ONE of Ireland's most notorious sex offenders is in garda custody in connection with a spate of armed robberies.
Gerard Creighton (44), who got a nine-year jail sentence for the brutal rape of an ex-girlfriend, was last night being questioned by gardai investigating 12 armed raids at shops and restaurants in the capital over recent weeks.
Creighton was arrested along with a 21-year-old woman.
Gardai suspect that a gun seized as part of the swoop is a high-quality replica, and it was last night being technically examined.
Creighton is suspected of holding up staff at 12 businesses throughout the city centre in recent weeks. These include eight in the south inner city and four on the Northside.
Two of the businesses, a coffee shop and a fast-food restaurant, were raided twice as part of the alleged crime spree.
Gardai from Pearse Street made the arrests in Aungier Street in Dublin city centre.
Creighton and the young woman were last night being questioned under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939.
Creighton, originally from Crumlin and now living on Aungier Street, was jailed in 2003 for the vicious 1998 rape of his former girlfriend.
He had pleaded not guilty to one charge of rape, anal rape and false imprisonment of the woman in his city centre flat.
However, he was convicted by the jury at the trial. Presiding Judge Paul Carney described the rape as a particularly brutal and vicious attack.