Belfast Telegraph

Rapist hunt spreads to Republic

The hunt for a rapist on the run from police in Northern Ireland has spread to the Republic.

The Garda are now assisting the PSNI in the search for Edward Connors, 19, who is believed to living somewhere in the Dublin area.

Officers are also also trying to trace the driver of a British-registered black BMW car who they say could help with inquiries.

Connors failed to turn up for a court appearance in Belfast.

He was just 15 when he raped an American tourist in Colin Glen forest in west Belfast four years ago. Afterwards he fled to Dublin but later gave himself up. He was jailed for eight years.

An arrest warrant was issued for his arrest last week. He had been due at Belfast Magistrates' Court to face a charge of breaching one of his probation conditions by failing to complete an individual programme of work to address his sexual offending.

Police in Belfast confirmed have confirmed the Garda are assisting with the hunt.

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