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Judge jails murder bid absconder Michael McInnes

Michael McInnes
Image caption Michael McInnes was due to return to Castle Huntly, near Dundee on 4 December

An attempted murderer who taunted police on Facebook after going on the run from prison has had his sentence increased.

Michael McInnes, 23, went missing on 4 December after being granted home leave from Castle Huntly prison, near Dundee.

McInnes then went clubbing near his Glasgow home and posted pictures of himself and friends on a night out on the social media site.

At Perth Sheriff Court, he was jailed for an additional four months.

McInnes said he had gone to Bellshill in Glasgow because he was bored staying with his elderly mother at a caravan park in Dumfriesshire.

He had been freed for a week with a condition to stay within a 50-mile radius of Wigtown but McInnes "gave in to temptation" and joined his friends in Lanarkshire.

During his escape, McInnes visited one of his favourite nightclubs in Bellshill, and posted a picture of himself with his arms around other revellers.

In response to McInnes's posts, one of his Facebook friends commented: "Your the hide n seek champion lol x" (sic).

McInnes, who subsequently posted a link to a newspaper story about his escape online, was jailed for six years in 2009 for brutally attacking a man.

He left his victim, Kevin McNee, brain damaged after repeatedly kicking and stamping on his head. He had previous convictions for violent offences.

Mr McNee spent three months in hospital following the attack and a further nine months in a rehabilitation centre for brain injury victims.

The mother of McInnes's victim, Agnes McNee, said: "He's a very dangerous man and the judge said he was capable of doing it again.

"He should never have been in an open prison, he should have been kept in a secure jail because he's a danger to the public.

"When we saw on Facebook that he had been celebrating with his friends at a club, it just made us sick."

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