An Irish convicted killer and notorious registered sex offender reportedly breached the Sex Offenders Act, as well as the conditions of his bail, by going back on the dating app Tinder by registering under a fake alias, authorities reported.
Ian Horgan, 37, formerly of 4 The Hermitage in Macroom, Co Cork, appeared before Judge James McNulty in Macroom District Court on Wednesday, after his case in Bandon District Court was adjourned two weeks ago.
At the previous hearing at Bandon District Court, Horgan reportedly made no reply when the charge of breaching the Sex Offenders Act was put to him after caution, Detective Sergeant Derek Mulcahy said.
Gardaí alleged that Horgan, now a Limerick resident, had registered for a Tinder account under the fake name “Cian.” A condition on Horgan’s bail prohibits him from the use of any social media sites under his own name, an alias, or any other name not reported to the Gardaí, reported the Irish Sun.
He was released on bail on his own bond of €1,000 ($1,194), but he is slated to appear in Bandon District Court again on June 30.
Horgan is bound by the terms of the Sex Offenders Act for an indefinite period after being convicted of the rape and manslaughter of Rachel Kiely, a beautician and his former neighbor in 2000, reported the Irish Times.
Horgan was only 16 when he was reportedly arrested on suspicion of raping and killing Kiely, then 22, at the Regional Park in Ballincollig, Cork, on Oct. 26, 2000. Kiely’s body was discovered concealed in undergrowth near the ruins of an old building inside the park. She was reportedly raped before being strangled to death.
Horgan was arrested a few days later in connection with the killing. He admitted that he had been at the park on the day of the incident, but denied the murder charges. However, DNA records obtained from the scene of the crime and the victim’s body proved him guilty of the offense later on.
In June 2002, a jury found him guilty of both the charges. He was sentenced to life in prison for murder and 10 years for rape, reported Irish Examiner.
However, in December 2004, Horgan was released on bail pending a retrial. One year later, he was arrested again and charged with robbery after stealing a car from the Clondrohid Post Office, west of Cork City.
Horgan reportedly pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court one year later and admitted to Rachel Kiely’s rape and manslaughter. He was sentenced to eight years in prison, out of which six years were suspended.
Before the murder and rape of Rachel Kiely, Horgan was reportedly a promising Gaelic footballer and athlete and had won a number of All-Ireland athletic medals.
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