Belfast Telegraph

On-the-run Belfast man James Valliday arrested

By Ashleigh McDonald

A Belfast man who was on the run for over a month was remanded back into custody on Monday following an early morning weekend arrest.

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, but 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, 45-year old Charles Valliday remains at large.

Following his arrest in north Belfast on Sunday, James Valliday was produced at Belfast Crown Court today. When asked by the clerk of the court "are you James Valliday?", the defendant replied "yes love."

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

Judge David McFarland said that "in the circumstances", he was going to remand 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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