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On-the-run killer back in custody

A convicted killer who was on the run since before Christmas has been caught, police have confirmed.

Samuel McKinley, 53, was found in north Belfast just after 5am this morning.

He had been serving a life sentence for stabbing a friend to death during a drinking session but absconded from Maghaberry high security jail after a pre-release work scheme.

Police Service of Northern Ireland Detective (PSNI) Inspector Jenna Fitzpatrick said: "I can confirm that police have apprehended Samuel McKinley, the 53-year-old male who failed to return to the custody of the Northern Ireland Prison Service on December 22, 2014.

"He was located in the north Belfast area just after 5am this morning.

"He will be returned to prison later today.

"A file will be forwarded to the PPS (Public Prosecution Service) for review."

In December McKinley's two sons Jonathan and Samuel McKinley were convicted of killing newsagent Choudhry Zishan, 35, in Eastleigh, Hampshire.

His disappearance was not believed to have been linked to their conviction.

According to the Department of Justice eight prisoners are currently unlawfully at large in Northern Ireland.

They include rapist Devidas Palitus, 29, who escaped in 2010; 39-year-old robber Desmond Savage, 39 who has been wanted since January this year; and Jonathan Bowe, 31, who was convicted of weapons charges but has been on the run since 2013.

Nineteen-year-old Brendan McGuinness who was convicted of drugs charges has been missing for more than a decade.

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