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Superglue killer Adrian Hayes set for release as drugs case collapses

He is nearing the end of a minimum 17-year-sentence for the barbaric killing of Julie Tennant

By Ali Gordon

Notorious superglue killer Adrian Hayes looks set to be back on the streets soon after a drugs charge against him was dismissed.

The Broughshane man had been due to contest a charge of possessing cannabis inside Maghaberry Prison but the case collapsed at Lisburn Magistrates  Court last week.

The drugs case had led to Hayes — who brutally murdered Ballymena woman Julie Tennant in 2002 — losing his day release privileges.

Hayes, 43, who is nearing the end of a minimum 17-year-sentence for the barbaric killing had been enjoying days out with his then fiancee Adele Best before his arrest in December 2015.

At Lisburn Magistates Court last week District Judge Rosie Watters granted a defence application to stay the cannabis charge case because requested CCTV footage of the incident had not been served by the Prison Service.

Killer Hayes’ defence successfully argued in an abuse of process application that it would be unfair to try him without the evidence which had been repeatedly requested.

Hayes had always denied the single count of possessing class B drug in December 2015.

At a previous hearing, a solicitor from John J Rice told the court that Hayes had been having “unaccompanied releases into the community” from jail before the alleged drugs offence.

“He has not been allowed out since,” she said.

The solicitor also said Hayes wanted to get a verdict as quickly as possible in order to begin his new life outside jail.

“He’s a life sentence prisoner who is working towards parole, and the delay in this matter, particularly by the way of this disclosure, is having a serious adverse impact on his life and his release,” she added.

Now that the drugs charge has been dropped, Hayes looks set to start enjoying release privileges again ahead of full release.

Hayes — who had history of violence and drug abuse — lured vulnerable drug addict Julie Tennant to his Ballymena flat in August 2000.

He brutally attacked her before gluing her lips together because, he said, the sound of her moaning was “doing his head in”.

He dumped Julie’s body in a ditch and fled to England, where he hid for two weeks until his arrest.

Twisted Hayes claims to have since found God in prison, and while in jail he became engaged to Bangor woman Adele Best, who belonged to a Christian prisons mission group.

Ms Best failed in a High Court bid to secure an injunction to prevent this newspaper reporting on their relationship, and subsequently claimed to have ended the engagment.

Adrian Hayes currently shares the jail with his brother, Trevor, who once claimed to have carried out 16 UVF murders.

Trevor Hayes was jailed last year for waging a hate campaign against a terrified woman.

agordon@sundaylife.co.uk

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