Thursday 14 November 2019

Prison chiefs refusing to name killer who is on run for 13 years

Grainne Cunningham

THE IRISH Prison Service has refused to name the killer who has been on the run for 13 years after escaping from an open prison.

The man who was convicted of murder in 1987 simply walked out of Shelton Abbey in Wicklow where he was serving a life sentence.

He has been at large now for nearly 13 years and the authorities have no idea of his whereabouts.

But despite the risk this man may present to the public, the IPS has said it cannot reveal his identity even if it would help bring him to justice.

The privacy terms surrounding the name of a convicted murderer emerged after shock new figures revealed the killer is just one of 128 people on the loose from the country's jails.

A total of 103 prisoners are on the run from Loughan Prison in Co Cavan and a further 25 escaped from the low security unit at Shelton Abbey where the notorious Malcolm McArthur served his time before his release last year.

Irish Independent

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