Northern Ireland

55 Northern Ireland sex crime suspects at large

Maurice Morrow
Image caption The figures were revealed after an assembly question from Lord Morrow

Fifty-five suspected sex offenders with outstanding arrest warrants against them in Northern Ireland are currently at large.

The figure emerged through an assembly question from Lord Morrow to Justice Minister David Ford.

Two of the warrants were issued more than 20 years ago.

The outstanding warrants are for people who have failed to turn up for court proceedings and have not been tracked down by police.

Some of the suspects have more than one outstanding warrant.

Of the 58 overall warrants in Northern Ireland, 14 were issued less than a year ago, 20 between one and five years ago and 17 between five and 10 years ago.

Five were issued 10 to 15 years ago and two more than 20 years ago.

There is currently one European arrest warrant outstanding for a defendant charged with a sexual offence.

It was issued less than one year ago.

In November of last year, after another assembly question from Lord Morrow the Department of Justice revealed that there were 5,400 outstanding arrest warrants in Northern Ireland, 4,503 of which were issued more than 12 months ago.

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