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Sectarian 'Mickey Bo' killer Kerr in court charged with custody escape

By Paul Higgins

Sectarian killer Christopher Kerr was in court on Tuesday accused of escaping lawful custody.

Standing handcuffed in the dock of Antrim Magistrates' Court, 32-year-old Kerr, serving a sentence of life imprisonment with a minimum tariff of nine years, spoke only to confirm that he understood the four charges against him.

In addition to an offence of escaping lawful custody on 21 June this year Kerr, listed as having an address at Carnduff Drive in Ballymena but who was produced to court from Maghaberry prison, is also accused of three drug offences, namely that he had class A cocaine and class C drugs diazepam and Xanax on the same date and class B drug cannabis resin on 22 June.

Giving evidence to the court a police officer said she believed she could connect Kerr to each of the offences while defence counsel Stephen Law said the killer was “keen to have the matter expedited” as Kerr is “beyond tariff.”

Remanding Kerr into custody, Deputy District Judge Peter Magill ordered him to appear again via videolink on July 31.

The offences arise after Kerr allegedly ran away from prison officers in Victoria Square shopping centre while out on day release.

He was, however, arrested at Antrim Area Hospital the following day.

Kerr is currently serving a life term for the shocking and horrifying sectarian attack which claimed the life of 15-year-old Catholic schoolboy Michael McIlveen. He has yet to show any remorse for the murder.

The teenager was kicked and beaten with a baseball bat in an alleyway after being chased by a gang in his hometown in May 2006.

The teenager, known to his friends and family as 'Micky Bo', died later from brain injuries inflicted during the assault.

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