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Sex Offender case poses questions about PSNI’s ability to manage sex offenders

28 July, 2009 - by Alex Maskey


South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has welcomed the news that convicted sex offender Paul Hunter Redpath has been apprehended in Wicklow. However, he has said that this issue has raised serious questions about the large number of sex offenders who are being housed in the South Belfast area and the ability of the PSNI to manage them.

Alex Maskey MLA said,
“The fact that South Belfast houses the highest number of sex offenders in the North has long caused concern to those who live in the area. The PSNI have consistently tried to allay the fears of the public in this matter by assuring us that they are confident that their management strategy can deal with this situation.

“Today we learned that Paul Redpath Hunter, a man regarded as a serious risk, had went missing from his accommodation. We also learned that this was the third time that he had done so. While I would wholeheartedly welcome the fact that this man has been apprehended, this case poses serious questions about the PSNI’s ability to manage the large number of sex offenders who are being housed in the South Belfast area”.
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