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Police stop driver for routine check... and discover he's an on-the-run convict who escaped jail 20 years ago

Patrick Maughan fled HMP Stocken while serving a sentence for stealing caravans

A man stopped for suspected motoring offences in Co Down had escaped from an English prison nearly 20 years previously, the High Court heard today.

Patrick Maughan is alleged to have cut through wires and fled from an exercise yard at HMP Stocken in Rutland back in 1996.

The 53-year-old was only returned to custody after being pulled over in a Volkswagen Passat on the A1 near Hillsborough, Co Down last Friday.

Maughan, with an address at St Margaret's Park, Dublin, faces charges of being unlawfully at large and driving without a licence and insurance.

During a failed application for bail it was claimed that he escaped with another prisoner while serving a sentence for stealing caravans.

He is believed to have travelled to the Irish Republic before later moving to the south Armagh area.

Defence barrister Sean Mullan said there is ongoing communication with the authorities about where he should serve the remainder of his jail term.

But refusing bail, Mr Justice Stephens ruled it was impossible to release someone who still has a prison sentence to complete.

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