Sex offender 'went on the run in ROI'

Sex offender 'went on the run in ROI'

A sex offender is to stand trial accused of going on the run to the Republic of Ireland, a judge has ruled.

Joseph Francis McCabe appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court charged with failing to notify police before he travelled outside the UK.

As a registered sex offender, the 29-year-old is required to inform the authorities of his movements.

He is alleged to have gone missing in April, crossing the border with the intention of remaining there for a period in excess of three days.

McCabe, from west Belfast but with a hostel address at Ventry Lane in the city, was arrested the following month.

During a preliminary enquiry hearing on Thursday he declined to give evidence or call witnesses at this stage.

Deputy District Judge Bonita Boyd ruled that he has a case to answer.

She granted a prosecution application to have the accused returned for trial at Belfast Crown Court on a date to be fixed.

McCabe was remanded back into custody until that hearing gets underway.

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