Convicted murderer appears at Longford District Court

Longford court house.
A man who murdered a Scottish woman almost five years ago has appeared at Longford District Court charged under the Sex Offences Act.

A man who murdered a Scottish woman almost five years ago has appeared at Longford District Court charged under the Sex Offences Act.

Patrick Rae (45) of Lacken, Edgeworthstown, Co Longford, who is serving a sentence in the Midlands Prison for the rape and murder of mother-of-three Mary McLaren in Dundee following a night out at Fat Sams nightclub in the city in February 2010, appeared before Judge Seamus Hughes charged with failing to notify the Gardaí of his address being a person bound to the Sex Offenders Register on October 19, 2008.

Inspector Padraig Jones told the court that the defendant had been arrested just prior to the court sitting on Tuesday morning and charged accordingly.

The defendant’s solicitor Tom Madden told the court that his client was currently serving a sentence for murder which carried a tariff of 20 years.

“What is before you today is two charges; one that he was in breach of the sex offenders register, and two, that he did trespass - those are the charges,” added Mr Madden.

The court heard the defendant was pleading guilty to being in breach of the Sex Offenders Register and the second matter was subsequently struck out by the State.

“He was convicted of murder in Scotland in 2010 and was repatriated back to Ireland where he now has 14 years of his sentence to serve,” Inspector Jones added.

The court then heard that Mr Rae was bound by the Sex Offenders Register when he moved to Rooskey and subsequently changed address without informing the Gardaí.

“He has convictions for rape and other sexual offences,” said the Inspector.

In mitigation, Mr Madden said that his client had been living in Edgeworthstown but because of his background, residents objected to him being there.

In 2011, Rae was sentenced to life - with a minimum of 20 years - after a trial at the High Court in Edinburgh.

He was caught after CCTV images showed him dancing with Ms McLaren and leaving the nightclub with her on the night she disappeared.

Her body was found two weeks later on March 10, hidden in undergrowth near the Ladywell roundabout in Dundee.

During last week’s hearing, Judge Hughes convicted the defendant and sentenced him to one month in jail concurrent to the sentence already being served.