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Court win for lifer in row over release

By Alan Erwin

A life sentence prisoner has won his High Court battle over being denied a further temporary release for allegedly returning to jail drunk.

Convicted robber James Clyde Reilly's challenge was conceded by the Prison Service ahead of a planned High Court hearing.

Reilly (45) is serving a discretionary life sentence at HMP Maghabbery for offences committed in London. With his tariff set at six years and eight months, he was transferred to Northern Ireland in 2007.

He was subject to a series of Unaccompanied Temporary Releases (UTRs). In January he was let out, to return smelling of drink. Reilly said someone in the car returning him spilled beer over him.

According to papers, a duty governor decided he had been drinking and he was treated as someone who had breached the terms of his UTR, it was claimed.

Reilly's lawyers argued that he should have been breathalysed.

A judicial review challenge of the decision to then refuse him a UTR in February was due to get under way in court. But instead a settlement was reached.

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