Tayside and Central Scotland

Fresh appeal over murderer James Casey who left open prison

James Casey Image copyright Police Scotland
Image caption James Casey has been missing for almost a week

Police have renewed their appeal for information after a convicted murderer went missing from an open prison.

James Casey failed to return to HMP Castle Huntly, near Dundee, after day release and was reported missing at 21:00 on 10 December.

He was jailed for life in 1990 for the murder of a social club manager during a robbery. He was released in 2002 but jailed again for armed robbery.

Officers believe the 50-year-old may have travelled to the Inverness area.

Casey was ordered to serve at least 11 years after murdering the club manager in Invergordon in 1990.

He was released on licence in 2002 but just weeks later carried out an armed robbery at a post office in West Lothian. He was sentenced to a further 14 years.

In 2011, he appealed against his murder conviction, blaming an accomplice, but the appeal failed.

A week after Casey went missing, police have renewed their appeal for members of the public to come forward with any details they have on him.

He is described as 5ft 8in tall with receding hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue coat, a black hooded top, blue jeans and brown walking boots.

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