A CONVICTED rapist who was required to notify gardaí of any change of address was jailed for three months today in an unusual case where the address in question was a tent.
The 33-year-old was convicted in 2012 of rape, attempted rape, sexual assault, and false imprisonment of a woman arising out of crimes committed in 2011.
The defendant, George Arundel, who previously lived at Shannon Lawn, Mayfield, Cork cty, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after a jury at the Central Criminal Court found him guilty of attempted rape, sexual assault, rape, and false imprisonment on May 23, 2011.
He had denied the charges and was subsequently unsuccessful in appealing the convictions.
Arundel was prosecuted today under the Sex Offenders Act for failing to notify gardaí of a change of address.
Such notification must be given by a convicted sex offender whose name appears on the Sex Offenders Register.
Arundel’s charge states that between February 1 and March 10 this year, within Ireland, being a person to whom part of the Sex Offenders Act 2001 applied, he did fail to notify An Garda Síochána of a change of address, as required under the Sex Offenders Act.
Sergeant John Kelleher confirmed to Judge Olann Kelleher that it was the first breach committed by Arundel.
Donal Daly, defending, said: “He was homeless. He lost his accommodation and he resorted to alcohol in a serious way. He was homeless and living in a tent. He did not tell the guards he was living in a tent (for two weeks). This is a man who has been living in institutional circumstances since he was 12 years of age.”
Judge Kelleher noted that Arundel had been in custody since March 10 on this charge. He said: “Unfortunately, this man has a very bad track record. It is very important gardaí would know where he is. These were unusual circumstances where he was living in a tent.”
The offence of failing to notify a change of address, under the Sex Offenders Act, carries a maximum penalty of 12 months.