Published Friday, 15 June 2012
Quinn left Belfast Crown Court today after serving his sentence in custody. (© UTV)
Mark Quinn walked free from Belfast Crown Court on Friday because he has already served the time in custody.
The Recorder of Belfast Judge Tom Burgess told 23-year-old Quinn he was "walking a fine line with the court" after hearing how he had been thrown out of his hostel because he breached the hostel's rules.
The judge said the substance of those allegations "may be the subject of proceedings in another court" but that he took a "serious view" of Quinn breaching his SOPO.
In 2007 Quinn, formerly from Glasvey Drive in Belfast, was jailed for eight years after he admitted twice raping a 15-year-old English schoolgirl who was here visiting friends in the summer of 2005. He was freed on parole in August 2009.
This is the second time Quinn has breached the lifelong SOPO, put in place to deal with the potential danger he represents.
In October 2009, not long after he was released, Quinn tried to break into a house on Marlborough Park Central and tried to steal a car.
He was jailed for two years in September 2010 for the offences, the court heard at the time that Quinn had been "aggressive to staff," had failed to sign in or out of the hostel, "was under the influence of something" when he was arrested and had left alone on the night of the attempted burglary.