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Prisoner absconds from Magilligan jail leave


Desmond Savage

Desmond Savage

Desmond Savage

A 39-year-old prisoner whose convictions include killing three people while driving a stolen car has gone on the run.

Desmond Savage was temporarily released on compassionate grounds but failed to return on Wednesday past.

Savage is serving a sentence for a series of crimes on a night in June 2008 when he rammed a police car and broke into a church minister's home.

Northern Ireland Prison Service have said the 39-year-old is at large from Magilligan jail.

Originally from Lenadoon in west Belfast, Savage received an eight-year sentence in 2000 for causing three deaths by dangerous driving.

The stolen car he was driving crashed head on with another vehicle in Ballymoney Co Antrim - it killed Charmaine Watson (27) and her husband Justin (24).

The front-seat passenger of the stolen car, Brian Donnelly (20) also died in the collision.

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Currently, Savage is serving a sentence for criminal damage, robbery, burglary, assault on police and aggravated vehicle theft.

Savage is described as fair hair, medium build and 5ft 8in tall.

The prison service has said anyone who spots him should contact police.

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