Northern Ireland

'Samurai sword killer' charged with being unlawfully at large

Stephen Henry Image copyright Department of Justice
Image caption Stephen Henry failed to return to prison on Monday

A convicted killer who did not return to Magilligan Prison after being issued a day-release pass has been charged with being unlawfully at large while under sentence.

Stephen Henry, 41, was jailed for murdering father-of-two John Cooke in Lisburn in 2004.

He stabbed his victim with a Samurai-style sword.

He did not return to Magilligan Prison on Monday after being given a pass to visit his family.

Henry is to appear in court in Lisburn on Monday. He is also charged with possessing a Class C controlled drug.

On Friday, Henry was released by a court in Dublin after an arrest for a public order offence.

He was released because a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) had not been issued.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said Henry was arrested in Waringstown in County Armagh at about 23:25 GMT on Friday night.

After he did not return to prison on Monday, the PSNI appealed for information into his whereabouts and urged Henry to hand himself in to the authorities without further delay.

However, he crossed the border on Tuesday and was picked up by the GardaĆ­ (Irish police) in Dublin on Friday.

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