Sunday 18 August 2019

Police search for Samurai sword murderer who failed to return to Irish prison

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Police are hunting for a convicted murderer who has failed to return to Magilligan Prison.

Stephen Henry (41) did not return to prison on Monday October 30, under the conditions of a day-release pass he had been given to visit family.

Police said he has a "history of violence" and urged the public not to approach him.

He was last seen in the Craigavon area at around 3.45pm.

Detective Sergeant McColgan said: “We believe that Stephen Henry, who was jailed for murder in 2004, is dangerous and may be in either the Craigavon or Belfast area.

“He is described as being 5ft 10inches in height, of medium build with short brown hair. He has tattoos on both upper arms and scars on his forehead and left ear.

“He has a history of violence and I would urge the public not to approach him but to contact police immediately.

“I would ask Mr Henry to hand himself in to the authorities without any further delay and ask anyone who knows of his current whereabouts or who has any information to contact police on 999.”

Henry was jailed for life at Craigavon Crown Court after pleading guilty to murdering an acquaintance with a Samurai-style sword.

He was jailed for 13 years for the attack on father-of-two John Cooke (33) in a house in Lisburn in May 2004.

The judge said Henry had "behaved like a savage" who had attacked his victim " as he begged for his life".

Belfast Telegraph

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