Convicted rapist fails in court claim that his detention is unlawful


Convicted rapist Stephen “Rossi” Walsh has lost a High Court claim his detention is unlawful on grounds including a failure by prison authorities to provide him with larger envelopes for his various legal challenges.

Constitutional rights “have nothing to do with the size of envelopes”, Mr Justice Peter Charleton said in a ruling dismissing Walsh’s challenge, brought under Article 40 of the Constitution.

The judge also dismissed complaints made “in the most vague way” by Walsh (64), formerly of Belgrave Road, Rathgar, Dublin, concerning the conduct of previous proceedings by Mr Justice Paul Carney.

There was nothing to complain about insofar as Mr Justice Carney was concerned and Walsh had raised no issue that required to be addressed by the court, the judge said.

Walsh is serving 10 years for the rape and indecent assault of two girls, aged nine and seven.