Belfast woman, Christine Connor lures police with prank calls, plot to kill them with blast

Christine Connor, a woman in Belfast Northern Ireland, plotted to kill police by luring them with hoax calls before setting off an explosion.

Christine Connor who is 35 years old, posed as a Swedish model to entrap men into taking part in a terror plot that involved pipe bomb attacks on police in Belfast.

She was convicted of attempted murder and causing an explosion likely to endanger life.

Belfast Crown Court heard that she had “ridiculed” dissident republican group Oglaigh na hEireann in an online conversation for “having no desire to kill a cop” – adding that had they wanted to they would have achieved it.

She was remanded in custody ahead of sentencing on August 20.

Shrapnel from the device thrown by Christine Connor (Image: Photopress Belfast)

Connor denied the charges linked to two incidents in the north of the city in May 2013, however in a lengthy judgment Judge Stephen Fowler dismissed her explanations.

During the first incident on May 16, 2013, an early morning 999 call was made by a female who claimed she had seen an object she thought was a bomb in a garden.Officers observed a large plume of smoke in the area shortly after the call on CCTV and when police went to the scene they observed two scorch marks on the road.

Gloves found at the scene of the attack (Image: Photopress Belfast)

In the second incident on May 20 of the same year, police officers attended an address after receiving a call from a woman who claimed she had been attacked by her boyfriend.

It was there that two pipe bombs were thrown from an alleyway.

The first exploded close to an officer’s foot, who ran away but tripped on a kerb, after which the second device was thrown. Nobody was seriously injured.

Connor threw two pipe bombs intending to kill police officers (Image: Photopress Belfast)

Following a non-jury trial which commenced at the end of last November and ran until mid-December, Judge Fowler said a “compelling circumstantial and forensic case” had been presented.

Connor was linked to the charges with DNA evidence from clothing as well as mobile phone evidence and CCTV.

Judge Fowler said explanations by Connor around clothing with her DNA on them found at the scene of the second incident had not been told to police when she was interviewed.

“The suggestion she handed out gloves and other items of clothing at republican events was never told to police in interview, she also failed to tell police that republicans regularly attended Republican Network for Unity events at her home and she gave clothing away online,” he said.

“I conclude this was recent fabrication by her to account for her DNA on the gloves and hooded top discovered at the scene.”

He also dismissed her claim that she had been “set up”, potentially by an informant, adding there had been “no such evidence” placed before him.

Judge Fowler said as he watched the defendant give evidence, he had found her “evasive and argumentative”, adding she had refused to answer questions when it suited her.

The judge concluded: “The court is satisfied that the combination of circumstances present in this case is such that it produces a compelling case, compelling circumstantial and forensic case that the defendant Christine Connor threw the two pipe bombs from the alley-way … and at the time of doing so she intend to kill (the police officer).”


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