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Thug on run from jail gets four extra months

A man jailed for attempted murder who taunted police on Facebook after going on the run from prison has had an extra four months added to his sentence.

Michael McInnes, 23, went missing after being granted home leave from Castle Huntly prison despite being considered a danger to the public by a High Court judge.

McInnes then went clubbing near his Bellshill home and posted pictures of himself and friends on drunken nights out on the social media site.

Yesterday at Perth Sheriff Court, McInnes said he had gone to Bellshill 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 North Lanarkshire.

He claimed in court that he had been "a model prisoner" apart from going on the run for 10 days after failing to return to Castle Huntly on December 4.

McInnes failed to return from home leave from Castle Huntly prison almost a fortnight ago - although it took the authorities a week to alert the public.

However, instead of going into hiding, McInnes went out partying with his friends and boasted about his drinking exploits with a series of pictures on Facebook.

He even risked a visit to one of his favourite nightclubs in Bellshill, Lanarkshire, three days after he absconded.

Solicitor Erica Watson, defending, said: "In all respects - apart from this - he has been a model prisoner. He was finding being at home for seven days incredibly difficult."

McInnes was jailed for six years in 2010 for attacking Kevin McNee. He left his victim brain damaged after repeatedly kicking and stamping on his head during a vicious assault.

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