Belfast Telegraph

On-the-run killer McKinley caught in Ards

Samuel McKinley
Samuel McKinley

By Victoria Leonard

A convicted murderer who went on the run last month was arrested in Newtownards yesterday.

Samuel McKinley (56) was also previously convicted of resisting police, taking a motor vehicle without authority and theft from a house.

He had been "unlawfully at large" from Maghaberry Prison since January 19. It was the fourth time he had failed to return from a temporary release scheme.

McKinley (inset) was one of four inmates to have absconded in the past fortnight, leading to calls for justice officials to shelve prisoner release schemes.

McKinley was first jailed in 1996 after stabbing his friend Robin Stoddart to death during a drinking session in southern England. He received additional sentences for breaching release conditions.

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