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Hunt for teen rapist now turns to Dublin

POLICE believe this convicted rapist, right, is hiding out in Dublin -- possibly in the Tallaght area where he has family connections.

Edward Connors (19) is being sought by the PSNI for breaching one of the conditions of his probation after he was released early from an eight-year sentence he was given for rape.

Connors was 15 when he twice raped US tourist Winnie Li (29) in the Colin Glen Forest Park in west Belfast in April 2008.

In May 2009 he was given an eight-year custodial sentence and two years' probation upon his release.

However, Connors was released from custody earlier this year after serving just four years. He had spent a year on remand.







Probation

He was due to appear before Belfast Magistrates Court on Monday of last week for breaching one of the conditions of his probation.

Connors was to have appeared before Belfast Crown Court for breaching one of the conditions of his probation.

At the court hearing, prosecution lawyer Simon Reid told Judge Gemma Loughran it was believed Connors was now "in a different jurisdiction".

Initially after the rape, the teenager had gone to Dublin -- but returned voluntarily when told police were looking for him.

kfoy@herald.ie