Murder suspect on the run after he was freed from prison by mistake

Cops have launched a manhunt for Michael Smith after he left the high security Maghaberry Prison near Lisburn, Northern Ireland on Tuesday, where he was being held.

He is charged with the murder of Stephen Carson, who was shot dead in his Belfast, Ireland home in front of his nine-year-old son and partner in February 2015.


Police have described him as “dangerous” with “an extensive history of violence.”

He had previously applied for High Court bail which was rejected following police objections.

PSNI Detective Superintendent Kevin Geddes said, “Michael Smith, who is deemed as dangerous, was last seen in the Belfast area at 2 pm on Tuesday March 7.

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“He has an extensive history of violence and I would urge the public not to approach him, but contact police immediately.”

This story first appeared in The Sun.