October 2017

Convicted rapist jailed for failing to tell police of return to Northern Ireland

A convicted rapist has been jailed again for failing to notify police on his return to Northern Ireland.

Michael McMoran (38) did not take the necessary steps to register with authorities after arriving back from Scotland in July.

He was arrested in Belfast earlier this month – with a small quantity of heroin found on him.

McMoran, of Plunkett Court in the city, admitted charges of failing to comply with a requirement to notify police of a change of address within a three-day period, and possessing Class A drugs.

A judge at Belfast Magistrates’ Court sentenced him to six weeks’ imprisonment.

McMoran was previously jailed for 11 years in May 1998 after being convicted of raping and indecent assaulting a disabled teenager.

The attack had been carried out during a burglary at the teenage victim’s home in Belfast the previous year.

After serving that sentence he lived in Scotland for a period before returning to his native city.

Defence solicitor Pearse MacDermott told the court that McMoran had feared for his own safety after being subjected to a serious assault in Scotland.

He said his client received 46 stitches during the attack, with two men now facing attempted murder charges.

Once McMoran completes his latest jail term he is expected to be sent back to Scotland for an alleged breach of a drug treatment order.