Belfast Telegraph

Fugitive rapist remanded in custody

A rapist on the run from police in Northern Ireland has been remanded in custody.

Edward Connors, 19, appeared at Dublin District Court charged with failing to notify gardai of his whereabouts after he was found hiding out in the capital.

He was arrested in Ballyfermot on Wednesday night under sex offender laws.

Connors had been on the run for more than a week after failing to turn up at a court hearing in Belfast. The Police Service of Northern Ireland has indicated it will be seeking his extradition.

The brief District Court hearing was told that Connors was detained at a home in Labre Park in Ballyfermot at about 10pm last night.

He appeared in court under Section 12 of the Sex Offenders Act. Under the law he had seven days to notify gardai that he had entered the jurisdiction and give a permanent address.

Judge Victor Blake remanded Connors in custody at Cloverhill until August 1, when he will appear in court again and have an opportunity to apply for bail.

No application was made for bail at today's hearing and he was granted legal aid.

Connors 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.

A warrant for his arrest was issued 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.


From Belfast Telegraph