Man in court over 1996 prison escape

Published Thursday, 26 June 2014
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A man stopped for suspected motoring offences in Co Down had escaped from an English prison nearly 20 years previously, the High Court has heard.

Man in court over 1996 prison escape
Maughan, who fled a UK prison, had an address in Dublin. (© UTV)

Patrick Maughan is alleged to have cut through wires and fled from an exercise yard at HMP Stocken in Rutland back in 1996.

The 53-year-old was only returned to custody after being pulled over in a Volkswagen Passat on the A1 near Hillsborough, Co Down last Friday.

Maughan, with an address at St Margaret's Park, Dublin, faces charges of being unlawfully at large and driving without a licence and insurance.

During a failed application for bail, it was claimed that he escaped with another prisoner while serving a sentence for stealing caravans.

He is believed to have travelled to the Irish Republic before later moving to the south Armagh area.

Defence barrister Sean Mullan said there is ongoing communication with the authorities about where he should serve the remainder of his jail term.

But refusing bail, Mr Justice Stephens ruled it was impossible to release someone who still has a prison sentence to complete.

© UTV News
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