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Prisoner can go to daughter's communion

A prisoner has won a High Court challenge to being refused permission to attend his daughter's First Holy Communion.

Mr Justice Treacy quashed the decision to deny Mark McKee's request to go to the event in Crumlin today. McKee is serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence at HMP Magilligan.

He is being held in a resettlement unit, which includes a temporary release for inmates every other Saturday, enabling prisoners to spend six hours with family at five towns outside jail. Crumlin is not a designated area.

McKee claimed the decision by the Magilligan governor was irrational. After being told McKee is an exemplary prisoner, the judge ruled the decision quashed.

McKee's solicitor Fearghal Shiels claimed the right outcome was reached. Outside the court he said: “The governor's decision was disproportionately harsh in circumstances where he was due to be released on the day in question in any event

“There were no security reasons preventing the prisoner from attending what is an important religious ceremony for his daughter.”

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