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Escaped Garda killer arrested by PSNI in Derry

Martin McDermott, 26, was arrested in the city this morning for criminal offences he had committed in the region.

Loughan House Open Centre in Co Cavan is just two kilometres away from the border with Co Fermanagh.
Loughan House Open Centre in Co Cavan is just two kilometres away from the border with Co Fermanagh.
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A 26-YEAR-OLD who escaped from a low-security prison in Co Cavan yesterday has been arrested in Derry this morning.

Martin McDermott had absconded from Loughan House Open Centre, where he was serving a seven-year sentence for the manslaughter of a Garda in December 2009, yesterday evening.

The 26-year-old was arrested in the Derry area this morning, PSNI officers have confirmed.

It is understood that McDermott was arrested for separate criminal offences committed in the Derry area.

Gardaí had earlier said that the prisoner’s details had been circulated to the PSNI, as well as to all Garda stations within the Republic, and to the country’s seaports and airports.

The Loughan House facility is a low-security prison for men who are considered to require only low levels of security.

This morning the Garda Representative Association has questioned why an offender who had been convicted of killing a Garda was being housed in a low-security facility.

Read: GRA questions holding garda killer in low-security facility >

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