Killer Samuel McKinley on the run after two sons are jailed for murder
A convicted killer went on the run from Maghaberry Prison days after his sons were convicted of the murder of a father-of-two.
Samuel McKinley was serving a life sentence for stabbing his friend to death during a drinking session.
The 53-year-old had been due to return to Maghaberry Prison on Monday of last week after a pre-release work scheme.
But he never returned, and his whereabouts are still unknown to the authorities.
This newspaper previously revealed that this is the third time McKinley has fled from prison having been granted temporary release.
Now it has emerged that his sons - Jonathan (23) and Samuel (25) - were jailed for life on December 19 for the murder of a newsagent in Hampshire.
Both will serve a minimum of 28 years in prison.
Choudhry Zishan (35) was attacked in the early hours of March 30 while his pregnant wife and son were in their nearby flat.
A court in England was told the newsagent was subjected to a "savage, drunken beating" as he made his way to work.
The judge said the brothers, of no fixed address, had shown no remorse for killing "a thoroughly decent and hard-working man".
The brothers stole cash, credit cards and cigarettes from their victim. They used the money to buy more alcohol.
Police said they do not believe there is a link between Samuel McKinley absconding and the sentencing of his sons.
In a statement Hampshire Constabulary said: "We are in touch with colleagues at the PSNI, and there is nothing at this time to suggest that Samuel McKinley may intend to return to Hampshire or Southampton. We will continue to monitor this."
Last week the Belfast Telegraph revealed Samuel McKinley had gone on the run twice before. He was jailed for life after stabbing a friend in 1996.
Samuel McKinley is serving a life sentence for stabbing his friend to death during a drinking session. The 53-year-old was due to return to Maghaberry Prison last Monday. In November another killer, William Sloan, went on the run from the same jail for almost a month. The 51-year-old was jailed for his role in a brutal 1989 hammer attack.