Gardai still exploring Rae extradition possibility

Senior Garda detectives are continuing to examine the possibility of extraditing convicted Longford murderer Patrick Rae back to Ireland, writes Liam Cosgrove.

Senior Garda detectives are continuing to examine the possibility of extraditing convicted Longford murderer Patrick Rae back to Ireland, writes Liam Cosgrove.

It comes as high ranking police officials in Scotland prepare to publish a lengthy report into how the 41-year-old sex offender was allowed to flee to Scotland before later going on to brutally rape and murder mother of three, Mary McLaren over two years ago.

As reported by this newspaper last June, Rae was sentenced to a minimum of 20 years in prison after being found guilty of the offence at Edinburgh High Court.

But it was the fact the Co Longford labourer was wanted back home at the time of the incident in February 2010 that subsequently prompted Scottish Police to launch an internal review.

In 1997, Rae was convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison for the rape of a woman in Longford dating back to July 1996.

A year after being released in 2002, he was convicted of possession of a knife and threatening behaviour before going on to commit over a dozen offences ranging from theft to drink driving and other road traffic offences.

Rae was subsequently charged in April 2008 for an alleged sexual assault on a 30-year-old woman in Portmarnock, Dublin.

However, he failed to appear in court to face the charge in November of that year and it is precisely those circumstances which convinced British authorities to carry out a review.

To read this story in full, see this week’s Longford Leader.