Fugitive killer Samuel McKinley treated for chest pains
A convicted killer on the run for almost a month is in the Republic after attending hospital suffering chest pains.
Samuel McKinley was serving a life sentence for stabbing his friend to death during a drinking session.
The 53-year-old had been due to return to Maghaberry Prison in December after a pre-release work scheme.
Police in the Republic were notified after McKinley attended a hospital suffering chest pains.
A police source said he admitted being on the run from prison in Northern Ireland.
He is understood to be in the care of a health trust in the Republic.
Negotiations are now underway between police on both sides of the border regarding McKinley's return to custody.
He can either voluntarily return to Northern Ireland or if he chooses not to, extradition proceedings will begin.
A life sentence and minimum 10-year tariff was imposed on McKinley in 1996. In 2012, McKinley was jailed for two-and-a-half years for being unlawfully at large and breaching a suspended sentence.
He went on the run for 17 days from April 20 that year, having been granted an unaccompanied day release from jail.