Sex offender, who was spotted in Donegal, is jailed for 4 months

A sex offender arrested in County Cavan two weeks ago after going missing in Lancashire has been jailed for four months in the Irish Republic.

56 year-old William Paden, origianlly from the North, was sentenced at Cavan District Court for breaching the Republic's sex offenders legislation.

William Paden, was arrested in Ballyhaise on 30 June after going missing from a registered address in Blackpool.

In the days in the run up to his arrest there had been unconfirmed sightings of the convicted sex offender in Dungloe and Ballyshannon.

At Cavan District Court today a defence solicitor said he had left Blackpool after "locals discovered where he was and things got a bit hot".

He went to visit relations in Northern Ireland and then went to the Republic.

Paden has 19 sexual convictions dating back to 1974, including rape, indecent assault on a child and assault with intent to rape.

Today, he pleaded guilty to breaching the Sex Offenders Act 2001 by failing to notify Irish police of his name, address and date of birth contrary to Section 12 of the act.

Judge David Anderson was told by Garda Inspector Seamus Boyle that Paden was wanted "in a foreign jurisdiction" in relation to a National Offender Management offence and UK authorities had prepared extradition papers for him.

Defence solicitor Gareth Fortune said "he will be extradited on finality of his sentence (in the Republic) to be dealt with by the English authorities".

The judge backdated the prison sentence to 30 June.