PSNI issue appeal to help find two prisoners currently unlawfully at large

Police are looking for two killers who are currently on the run after being temporarily released from prison.

The two, believed to be in each other’s company, are Alison McDonagh, 49, and 54-year-old Stephen McParland. The PSNI say they absconded from the Northern Ireland Prison Service.

In 2006, Alison Michelle Martin – as she was then known – was convicted of murdering George McDowell two years earlier.

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McDonagh is described as being about 5 feet 8 inches tall and of stocky build with auburn hair and green eyes. She has two tattoos with the words “Mom” and “Dad” on the bottom of her right forearm.

She was last seen wearing a sky blue puffa jacket and light colored leggings with a bag for life and trolley bag.

Alison MacDonagh

Meanwhile, McParland kicked and beat drinking mate Gary McKimm to death for a £20 loan in 1997 and was sentenced to life for murder in 2008.

He is described as being about 5ft 7in tall and of medium build with blue eyes and balding, dirty blond hair. He has a tattoo on his left arm. He was last seen wearing a black hooded jacket and gray pants carrying a large amount of luggage, including Sports Direct bags.

Stephen MacParland
Stephen MacParland

The two were seen at Lanyon Place train station in Belfast at around 1:45pm on Saturday, January 21.

A PSNI spokesperson said: “Despite attempts to contact both individuals, police have so far been unable to locate them.

“We are appealing to anyone who has seen them, or who knows their whereabouts, not to approach them, but to contact police on 101 quoting reference 1972 of 1/21/23.

“We would also appeal directly to Alison McDonagh and Stephen McParland to turn themselves in. Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous.”


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