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Garda killer to serve rest of sentence in closed prison

GARDA killer Martin McDermott will serve the rest of his sentence in a closed prison.

Last night he was brought to the Midlands Prison in Portlaoise, several hours after he was handed back across the Border by the PSNI.

McDermott (26) was initially returned to Loughan House open prison in Blacklion, Co Cavan, yesterday from where he escaped on March 15. He was then transferred last night to Portlaoise.

His current sentence is due to run out in 18 months, however this may be extended if he is given a consecutive sentence for escaping.

He had been serving a seven-year custodial sentence for manslaughter after driving his car into a garda-patrol vehicle in Burt in December 2009, killing Garda Gary McLoughlin (24).

An investigation into how McDermott was sent to Loughan House found he had escaped from the same prison before.

Garda sources say they will seek a consecutive prison sentence when McDermott is formally charged with escaping from custody.

Irish Independent