Monday 23 October 2017

Convicted on-the-run rapist extradited to UK

Brian Kavanagh

A convicted Northern Ireland rapist who was on the run here for over a year has been extradited to the United Kingdom by the High Court.

Edward Gerard Connors (20) twice raped a 29-year-old woman – an American tourist – in Colin Glen forest in west Belfast in 2008.

Afterwards he fled to Dublin but later gave himself up and was sentenced to eight years with two years probation.

He was released from custody in 2012 after serving four years, however a warrant was issued by the courts in Northern Ireland as a result of an alleged breach of the terms of probation.

In July 2012 Connors was arrested at Labre Park in west Dublin, and a week later he appeared before Cloverhill District Court charged with failing to notify the authorities of his name, address and date of birth contrary to the Sex Offenders Act 2001.

He successfully applied for bail – despite the objections of gardai – but failed to show up for a scheduled court hearing on August 29, 2012. 

Connors was arrested again in November 2013 and a month later was sentenced to four months at Cloverhill District Court.

The High Court heard evidence that Connors was subsequently arrested on January 23 last on foot of a European Arrest Warrant endorsed on November 22, 2013.

UK authorities had sought Connors’ surrender on offences relating to the obstruction of a constable and to failure to comply with travel notification and other requirements of his probation.

Mr Justice John Edwards today ordered the surrender of Connors to the UK authorities and directed that he be handed over to such persons who are duly authorised to receive him. He remanded Connors to Cloverhill prison pending the coming in to effect of the order.

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