AN on the run sex offender who went missing for two months after his release from jail for brutally raping a pensioner in her home has been remanded into custody.
Joseph McCabe, 29, was reported missing from an address in Belfast last month and had broken rules attached to his release.
A police constable told Belfast Crown Court that she arrested McCabe on Wednesday morning.
Belfast Daily revealed earlier on Wednesday that McCabe walked into a police station in Derry/Londonderry on Tuesday night.
He was jailed for 14 years in 2006 and put on the sex offenders’ register.
Sentencing him in September 2006, Judge Kevin Finnegan QC described the attack on the pensioner as a “terrifying, prolonged ordeal”.
Released on licence last February McCabe went on the run last month. It is understood he handed himself in to police in Londonderry on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, prosecuting lawyer John O’Neill said there was an application from the Probation Service for the court to revoke McCabe’s licence, due to run for another seven years.
A defence lawyer, however, asked for the case to be adjourned until next week and to be heard by Judge Finnegan, adding that the potential consequences for the rapist are “significant”.
Judge David McFarland remanded McCabe back into custody and ordered him to appear before Judge Finnegan next week.