Belfast Telegraph

Fugitive Belfast prisoner James Valliday back in jail as brother remains on run

By Ashleigh McDonald

A prisoner who was on the run from Northern Ireland's top security jail for more than a month has been remanded back into custody.

James Valliday had been unlawfully at large from Maghaberry Prison since November 9.

He and his brother Charlie were both granted compassionate bail to attend a relative's funeral.

However, the pair failed to return to custody.

The PSNI launched an appeal to help trace the brothers and while 52-year-old James was apprehended in the early hours on Sunday, Charles Valliday (45) remains at large.

Following his arrest in north Belfast on Sunday, James Valliday was produced at Belfast Crown Court yesterday.

Asked by the clerk of the court "Are you James Valliday?", the defendant replied: "Yes, love."

A detective inspector confirmed that Charles Valliday was apprehended after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Judge David McFarland said that "in the circumstances", he was going to remand Charles Valliday into custody.

The accused was then led from the dock in handcuffs.

Both brothers are currently facing charges arising from the murder of Charles Mackin, who died following a drive-by shooting in the city centre in 2012.

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