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Sex offenders found tied to South Armagh bench are returned to prison

Alexis Guesto and James White have been returned to prison.

TWO convicted sex offenders, discovered tied to a bench after being beaten with iron bars in a south Armagh village, have been returned to prison.

James White has been recalled to prison following his arrest in the Mullaghbawn area on Saturday.

Police had issued an appeal for his whereabouts after he breached the terms of his prevention order by leaving his approved address.

Alexis Guesto appeared at Newry Crown court yesterday on a breach of a bench warrant and has been remanded in custody to Maghaberry prison.

Both men had breached previous court orders by leaving Northern Ireland and were for a time being sought by gardaí.

Two weeks ago they registered with gardaí in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, before leaving that address and crossing the border.

Prior to their arrest in Mullaghbawn, the PSNI had carried out searches in the Silverbridge area of south Armagh in the hunt for the pair.

The PSNI arrested them on Saturday after receiving a call to say the two men had been beaten, covered in bleach and paint and tied to a bench.

The men were treated for injuries in hospital, which were not believed to be serious.

The incident was filmed by a crowd of around 50 people and pictures posted online.

Parish priest for the area Fr John Heagney told how he was called to the scene by a distressed parishioner.

SDLP Newry and Armagh MLA Justin McNulty condemned the attack saying "no one is above the law".

Police also hit out at the violence used to apprehend the men and said on Sunday that they had to "redirect resources towards investigating a serious assault" after the two wanted men were "kicked and beaten with iron bars".

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