OVER one hundred people have picketed the house of a convicted rapist who has been living among them.
In 2008, when he was 15 – Edward Connors twice raped an American tourist in the Colin Glen Forest Park.
He was sentenced to eight years in prison, which he only served half. He was freed in 2012 under a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO). The SOPO requires Connors to notify police of his address and of any plans to move house.
He has hit the headlines a number of times for failing to notify PSNI and Gardai of his whereabouts. Connors returned to West Belfast several months ago to continue his sentence in a heavily built up area housing hundreds of families.
Residents of Beechmount say they only became aware of Connors living among them when the Irish News reported his address on Saturday after Connors appeared in court for again breaching his SOPO terms.
Clowney Street is in the predominantly nationalist Beechmount area, just off the Falls Road.
The Beechmount Residents Collective http://www.facebook.com/BeechmountResidentsCollective?ref=br_tf a page set up by local people has been a reliable source for others to receive information. On Saturday evening they reported Connors was “jumping up and down in the middle of the street, jeering at neighbours”
It is understood that one elderly woman ‘wanted to kick his door in’ but was ushered away by the organisers who maintained the protest was to be at all times peaceful. Connors did not come to the front door.