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Murderers on the run in Northern Ireland - four prisoners 'unlawfully at large' since start of year

Four Northern Ireland convicts, including two murderers, are on the run after escaping prison during January 2018.

However, police have said issuing a media appeals in such cases would be "counter-productive".

Currently listed as "unlawfully at large" by the Department Of Justice, the four prisoners were all reported missing over a fortnight period.

The two murder convicts have absconded from prison before .

Samuel McKinley has been on the run since January 19. As well as committing murder, the 56-year-old's offences include resisting police, taking a motor vehicle without authority and theft from a dwelling.

It's thought to be the the fourth time McKinley has absconded. In 2015 he failed to return to custody days before Christmas having been released from Maghaberry Prison for a work scheme.

Under his "release type" the Department of Justice have stated "licence revoked".

Samuel McKinley

The Department of Justice has said it cannot comment on why convicts’ licences were revoked.

The second being sought is Thomas Lawrence McCabe who has also been on the loose since January 19 and listed as "licence revoked".

Thomas Lawrence McCabe

Both murderers are at large from HMP Maghaberry.

Prisoner Sean Tate, 41, has been unlawfully at large from January 27. He failed to return to HMP Magilligan after being on compassionate temporary release.

Tate has been charged with aggravated vehicle taking, aggravated burglary and stealing, breach of custody probation order, robbery and possessing an offensive weapon in a public place.

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The fourth convict "unlawfully at large" is 31-year-old Wesley Brennan who failed to return to HMP Maghaberry on January 12. He was out on as "home leave" at the time.

Brennan was remanded in custody in 2017 following online fraud over GAA All-Ireland final tickets

His offences include breach of a community based order, fraud, theft and driving whilst disqualified.

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Wesley Brennan

When asked why the "unlawfully at large"convicts had not been publicised, PSNI replied the hunt for the prisoners is kept under active review.

"There are a range of options which can be deployed in a missing person investigation," a spokesman said.

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