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Absconded prisoner arrested in Belfast area

Convicted murderer Samuel McKinley had been unlawfully at large since Thursday. Credit: DOJ

A Belfast man serving a life sentence for murder has been arrested in the greater Belfast area, after absconding again while on day release from Maghaberry Prison.

Samuel McKinley, 57 and originally from the Shankill, was convicted over the murder of a man in Southampton in 1996.

He absconded from unescorted day release on Thursday, having done the same thing on a number of previous occasions.

A spokesperson for the Northern Ireland Prison Service had confirmed that McKinley had been granted four previous periods of temporary release, in response to recommendations from the Parole Commissioners.

They added: “The Prison Service cannot hold people indefinitely and pre-release testing is a vital component in preparing prisoners for release back into society.”