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Home leave killer Hargan still on the run

A killer remained at loose last night after going on the run during a home leave visit from Maghaberry prison.

Daniel Martin Peter Hargan was one of three people involved in the violent death of Edward Kelly in Bangor in June 2006.

The Prison Service said Hargan (51) —who was due to be released from Maghaberry Prison in May — failed to return.

A Prison Service spokesman said Hargan “remained at large” and a search operation by the PSNI was under way.

A PSNI spokesman said it could not comment on the matter.

DUP MLA and Policing Board member Jimmy Spratt said it raises “serious concerns and questions” about how prisoners are monitored.

“To have a man who was convicted of being involved in a violent murder able to disappear from prison while on a home leave visit is a concern,” he said.

“It seems to be another embarrassing saga for the Prison Service in a number of recent sagas.

“It is not the problem for individual prison officers, but more for the whole service as a whole and the NIO to investigate.”

Hargan was convicted of manslaughter after Mr Kelly's body was found at a house in Central Avenue in the town in 2006.

The 58-year-old, who had been staying at a hostel in the area, suffered head and chest injuries.

Mr Kelly, a grandfather, was discovered by his landlady having been brutally attacked. He later died from a brain haemorrhage.

During the court case the judge heard that his injuries indicated multiple blows to the head and also injuries consistent with kicking or stamping.

Hargan was convicted of manslaughter and jailed in June 2008 for seven years.

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