Belfast Telegraph

Samurai sword killer charged after failing to return from prison day release

A convicted killer who failed to return to prison after a day release has been charged with being unlawfully at large.

Stephen Henry, 41, who was convicted of murdering father-of-two John Cooke with a Samurai sword in Lisburn in 2004, failed to return to Magilligan jail last Monday.

He crossed the border into the Irish Republic where he was detained over a public order offence but subsequently released.

He was arrested in Northern Ireland on Friday.

Henry has been charged with being unlawfully at large while under sentence and possessing a Class C controlled drug.

He is due to appear in court in Lisburn on Monday.

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