Belfast brothers with 'history of violence' still on the run from jail

James and Charles Valliday
Brendan Hughes

TWO brothers with a "history of violence" are still on the run more than a week after failing to return to prison following a relative's funeral in west Belfast.

Charles Valliday (45) and James Valliday (51) had been temporarily released on compassionate bail to attend St Peter's Cathedral on lower Falls Road on Thursday November 9.

However, they later failed to return to Maghaberry Prison following the funeral.

The pair are awaiting trial for crimes linked to the murder of 31-year-old Christopher Mackin in College Square North on March 1, 2012.

Police yesterday confirmed that both men remained at large.

Last week PSNI detective superintendent Jason Murphy said they were last seen near the church at 10am on Thursday.

"They have a history of violence and I would urge the public not to approach them but to contact police immediately," he said.

James is 5ft 9 ins, of medium build with short, dark-brown hair and blue eyes. He has a tattoo on his left arm – a scroll saying "mum and dad".

Charles is 5ft 9ins, of stocky build, with short, brown hair, protruding ears and green eyes. He has a tattoo on his left arm – a bulldog, panther and snake – and a fish tattoo on his right arm.

Police urged the pair to hand themselves in and asked anyone who knows where they are to contact officers.

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