A CHILD sex offender, who is not allowed to leave the UK to “protect children from sexual harm”, has been arrested by Bruff gardai while walking in County Limerick.
At Kilmallock court, Superintendent Alan Cunningham said David Chulan, aged 51, of no fixed abode, has an “extensive list from the UK in relation to sexual offences”.
“On April 19, the defendant was prohibited from travelling to a country other than the UK for five years to protect children generally from sexual harm,” said Supt Cunningham.
At 5.30pm on Sunday, December 2, Garda Ken O’Day said they received a report of a male wearing dark clothes walking on the N20 Limerick-Cork Road at Cappanafanaha, Bruree, near O’Rourke’s Cross.
“The motorist said the defendant was nearly hit by a passing car. We went to the scene.
“He failed to give me his first name and there was a smell of intoxicating liquor from him.
“He was unstable on his feet, he was arrested for his own safety and brought to Bruff garda station.
“It transpired he was subject to the sex offenders act in the UK,” said Garda O’Day, who contacted UK police.
Chulan was charged with intoxication, refusing to give his name and address to the garda on the road, and failing to notify his name and address to gardai contrary to the sex offenders act when he entered the country on October 25.
It is not known if Chulan, a tall, slim, black male with dreadlocks, was in Limerick all that time.
Chulan, who declined free legal aid, said he did give his name and denied that he was drunk.
“I left Patrickswell at 9am. I reached Croom at 1.30pm and left at 2pm. From 2pm to 6pm along the N20 there is no place to stop for a drink,” said Chulan.
Supt Cunningham put it to him that he was drinking in the morning.
“A man walking all that time wouldn’t be drunk. It’s not possible,” said Chulan.
The Englishman said he was “thoroughly unaware” that in a different country he had to register under the sex offenders act.
“It was my ignorance. If I was aware I had to sign on I would not have come.
“I thought I was leaving the UK from all of the silliness, signing on and bla bla bla...
“I really do not wish to get involved with the police. There are no other complaints about me.
“There is nothing I have perpetrated as a criminal here,” said Chulan.
While Chulan has no previous convictions in Ireland, Supt Cunningham said he has an extensive list from the UK in relation to sexual offences.
“On April 19, he was prohibited from travelling to a country other than the UK for five years to protect children generally from sexual harm.
“He was under no illusions not to leave the UK,” said Supt Cunningham.
Judge Mary Larkin said another court made a very serious order against Chulan.
“I am not guilty. Whether found guilty or not. The judicial system does not work in the UK.
“It imprisons a lot of innocent people and I am one of them. My apologies for not signing on here,” said Chulan. Judge Larkin said she did not accept Chulan was “ignorant on any matter”.
She fined him €300 for intoxication and a six month suspended sentence for failing to notify authorities of his name and address on condition that he immediately register as required.
Speaking this Tuesday, Supt Cunningham said after Bruff gardai alerted their counterparts in England, their police applied for an extradition warrant for Chulan. Supt Cunningham contacted detectives in Henry Street to arrest Chulan immediately after he had been processed in Kilmallock court on foot of the extradition warrant.
“He was brought to the High Court in Dublin and was remanded in custody pending extradition,” said Supt Cunningham.
The Bruff superintendent said the easy access from England to Ireland is always a danger.
“It’s a serious danger to the community to have these people walking around,” said Supt Cunningham, who praised the person who called them, and the quick actions of the garda to verify Chulan’s details with police in England.