September 2015

Child sex offender John Patrick Smyth back in custody


A 29-year-old sex offender who was declared ‘unlawfully at large’ has been re-arrested.

John Patrick Smyth went missing on Monday after failing to return to prison after home leave.

He was detained by police in the Antrim area.

His previous offences include

  • Gross indecency with or towards a child

  • Rape

  • Aggravated assault

  • Armed with offensive weapon with intent to commit offence

  • Threat to kill

Mr Smyth is an inmate at Magilligan Prison in County Londonderry.