A CONVICTED rapist, who fled to the the Republic, has been released on conditional bail by a Dublin court and warned that he must contact the PSNI in 14 days. Edward Connors (19), whose failure to appear before Belfast Magistrates Court last month sparked a manhunt, appeared before a court in Dublin yesterday.
The teenager was just 15 when he twice raped 29-year-old American tourist Winnie Li in the Colin Glen Forest in West Belfast in April 2008. In May 2009 he was given an eight-year custodial sentence and two years probation upon release. However, he was released from custody earlier this year after serving just four years, only half of his sentence. He spent a year on remand. He had been due to appear before Belfast Magistrates court last month for breaching one of the conditions of his probation. When he failed to appear, an arrest warrent was issued and he was later arrested by Gardai in Labre Park, Ballyfermot, Dublin. He was charged on July 26th with failing to notify gardai of his name, address and date of birth contrary to the Sex Offenders Act 2001.
Police have issued an arrest warrant for Edward Connors who breached his probation.
He had consented to being remanded in custody last week but yesterday successfully applied for bail when he appeared at Cloverhill District Court, in Dublin. During the hearing, a Garda officer objected to bail being granted to Connors – who was accompanied to his hearing by his parents who had travelled from the north – stating that he believed Connors ” would be a flight risk “. The garda also told Judge Lindsay that the prosecution service in the north intends to get a European Arrest Warrant issued for Connors. Kelly Breen, defending said the youth’s aunt who lives in Labre Park, was prepared to offer him somewhere to live in Dublin. Ms Breen said the youth’s father was prepared to stand bail of 1,000 Euro and her client would comply with bail conditions if released.
Contact would also be made with the authorities in the north, the judge was also told. Judge Lindsay granted bail with conditions. He was ordered to reside at a house at Labre Park, told to obey a curfew, directed to sign on twice daily at Ballyfermot Garda station and told he must provide confirmation that he has made contact with PSNI station at Grosvenor Road, in Belfast within 14 days from yesterday. The judge said Connors would not be able to leave Dublin city or county ” other than to attend appointments with members of the PSNI “. He stipulated that the youth would have to give gardai 48 hours ‘ notice. He was released and ordered to appear again in four weeks.
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