‘Predatory’ Cork rapist to be freed next month

A 47-year-old repeat rapist, described by gardaí as "a predator" and "especially dangerous to women" is to be released from prison early next month — having served only 11 years of a 17-year sentence for rape and sexual assault.

Cork-born Patrick ‘Lo Lo’ O’Driscoll is due to be released from the Midlands Prison on July 9.

He was sentenced in 2003 for a “savage, barbaric, and brutal attack on a totally innocent woman” in Fermoy, Co Cork.

At the time of this attack, he was just months out of prison following sentencing for another vicious rape in Co Kilkenny.

His latest victim and her mother admitted they are “living in fear” over the release of the man described by gardaí as one of Ireland’s most dangerous men.

The rape victim, who cannot be identified, admitted she has reviewed her personal security, sleeps with a baseball bat by her pillow and hates going outside alone since the news was broken to her.

She described the Irish justice system as “a joke”.

O’Driscoll attacked the young woman just months after being released from prison for a separate rape sentence.

He had served nine years of a 12-year sentence — but reoffended within weeks of his release.

“The Irish justice system has questions to answer.... Why is he left out early again?” the Co Cork woman asked on TV3 News.

Under sex offenders legislation, O’Driscoll must notify gardaí of his permanent address within seven days of his release next month.

It’s understood he wants to return to an encampment at Coome, Glenville, where he was living with his mother and brother.

If he changes address, he is obliged to notify gardaí within 24 hours.

Garda sources have described him as “a predator who is especially dangerous to women and has a very high likelihood of re-offending”. O’Driscoll, who does not drink alcohol, is described by gardaí as “very much a loner”.

It’s understood they will be watching his movements as closely as possible.

However this will not be easy as in the past, he has been known to travel extensively around the country from his base in Glenville.

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