Belfast Telegraph

Police hunt murderer on run from Maghaberry Prison

Police are working to locate convicted murderer Samuel McKinley (57) who absconded from Maghaberry Prison on unsupervised day release.

McKinley first went missing on Thursday.

He is serving life for stabbing his friend Robin Stoddart to death during a drinking session in Southampton in 1996.

The convicted killer is originally from the Shankill area of Belfast and has connections to East Belfast and the Ards/Ards peninsula area.

He is described as being of around 5’ 10” in height, of heavy build and having a fresh complexion.

Since 2002, he has absconded from day release or breached his pre-release/licence conditions on a number of occasions.

“Anyone who knows of Mr McKinley’s whereabouts is asked to contact detectives at Musgrave on 101,” Inspector McLean said.

A Northern Ireland Prison Service spokes said that McKinley had been returned to prison after breaching his license.

"Samuel McKinley is unlawfully at large from Maghaberry Prison after he failed to return from a period of temporary release. Mr McKinley had been returned to custody in February of this year following the revocation of his licence," the spokesperson said.

"Since his return to custody Mr McKinley has been granted four previous periods of temporary release, in response to recommendations from the Parole Commissioners. The Northern Ireland Prison Service are working with the Police Service of Northern Ireland to return this prisoner to lawful custody.

"The Prison Service cannot hold people indefinitely and pre-release testing is a vital component in preparing prisoners for release back into society."

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