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Christine Connor: Tale of a lone wolf terrorist who stole identity of Swedish model to entrap men in murderous plot like something from a Hollywood blockbuster

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Christine Connor at Belfast Crown Court

Christine Connor at Belfast Crown Court

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Gloves at the scene

Gloves at the scene

The sole of one of her shoes

The sole of one of her shoes

A footprint found at scene

A footprint found at scene

Christine Connor at Belfast Crown Court

It had all the ingredients for a Hollywood blockbuster - the attempted murder of police officers by a 'lone wolf' dissident republican, identity theft of a Swedish model to entrap men online and involve them in a terrorist campaign, and the subsequent suicides of a co-accused and another man unwittingly drawn into the plot in the US.

Released on appeal in 2017 after pleading guilty and being jailed for 16 years, Christine Connor, from north Belfast, was found guilty again on Wednesday of attempting to kill police in 2013 after luring officers with hoax phone calls, including pretending to be a victim of domestic abuse.

The 35-year-old was convicted at Belfast Crown Court of attempted murder and causing an explosion likely to endanger life: the first on Ligoniel Road on May 16 and the second on Crumlin Road in the early hours of May 28, 2013 and is due to be sentenced on August 20.