A remand prisoner who had been in custody accused of a string of burglaries in the Glens of Antrim has been on the run from jail for more than a month after getting out to attend his brother’s funeral, a court heard on October 29.
David Anthony Connors (28), of Old Forge in Dunmurry near Belfast, faces 18 charges including burglaries in Cushendun, Cushendall and Carnlough in May this year when items taken included car keys and bottles of gin and vodka.
There is a co-accused who is in custody on remand – Michael Thomas Cullen (23), of Lagmore Dale, Dunmurry.
A court in May was told that at the time of the alleged burglary blitz Connors had been “released on compassionate bail” from prison.
It is understood Connors had been on remand in prison in May in connection with an incident in which he was accused of trying to break into the home of two pensioners with an axe.
Then on October 1, a court heard, he had been released again from prison and was unlawfully at large.
Connors was due to appear via video link from Maghaberry Prison at Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday October 1 in connection with the County Antrim burglary blitz
However, a member of prison staff told that court the defendant had been “unlawfully at large” since Thursday September 27.
Defence solicitor John Murphy told the October 1 court: “He was released for his brother’s funeral which was on Thursday and didn’t return”.
The case was adjourned to October 29 where it was heard the defendant was still unlawfully at large and a warrant is out for his arrest.
The case was adjourned to November 19.
A prosecutor said the large majority of statements connected to the case have been received but forensic results in connection with “airbags” were not in yet.