Belfast Telegraph

Michael Smith arrested by PSNI after Maghaberry Prison release blunder

Michael Smith, a suspect in a high-profile murder case who went missing earlier this year after being mistakenly released from prison, has been arrested in the Carryduff area.

Smith, who was on remand for allegedly killing Stephen Carson in his Belfast home in February 2016, was wrongly released from Maghaberry Prison in March to attend a family event.

The 38-year-old failed to return to the jail later that day and was last seen in the Finaghy area of south Belfast.

A PSNI spokesperson said: "PSNI have tonight arrested Michael Smith in the Carryduff area.

"Officers have been looking for him since his escape from prison whilst on remand for murder.

"Detective Supt Kevin Geddes would like to thank the public for all their assistance during this time."

Stephen Carson was shot dead on Thursday, February 26 at a house in south Belfast.

The 28-year-old was eating dinner at a house in Walmer Street of the Ormeau Road with his partner and nine year old son when armed men broke into the property.

The victim tried to hide in a bathroom but his attackers blasted him through the door with a shotgun.

Detectives from the PSNI's Major Investigation Team said at the time that they did not believe his murder was paramilitary related or sectarian.

Detective Supt Kevin Geddes said: "Our main line of enquiry, but not our only line of enquiry, was that Stephen was murdered as part of a criminal feud.''

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