A remand prisoner who had been in custody accused of a string of burglaries in the Glens of Antrim went on the run from jail after getting out to attend his brother’s funeral, a court heard on Monday.
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.
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.
Now, a court heard on Monday, he was released again from prison in recent days and was unlawfully at large.
Connors was due to appear via video link from Maghaberry Prison at Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday in connection with the County Antrim burglary blitz
However, a member of prison staff told the court the defendant had been “unlawfully at large” since Thursday September 27.
Defence solicitor John Murphy said: “He was released for his brother’s funeral which was on Thursday and didn’t return”.
The case has been adjourned to October 29.