Convicted killer Martin Stewart returns to prison after being traced by Police Convicted killer Martin Stewart returns to prison after being traced by Police
Officers have traced convicted killer Martin Stewart who was on the run from prison after failing to return while on home leave. Police Scotland... Convicted killer Martin Stewart returns to prison after being traced by Police

Officers have traced convicted killer Martin Stewart who was on the run from prison after failing to return while on home leave.

Police Scotland said: “Officers would like to thank members of the public for their assistance in this matter.”


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A convicted killer is on the run from prison after failing to return while on home leave.

Martin Stewart, 38 was given a life sentence in 1998 for the horrific torture and murder of David McMaster, 49, in Paisley.

Police report that Mr Stewart has breached the terms of his licence whilst on home leave from HMP Castle Huntly, an open prison near Dundee. He has been missing since 9th May 2018 and this is the second time he has absconded from prison. He had six months added to his sentence after he went AWOL in 2012.

Stewart was convicted of murder in 1998. The crime was sparked by a simple request by Mr McMaster to turn a TV off.

He was high on a cocktail of strong cider, vodka, super-lager and the fumes from lighter fuel and deodorant sprays.

Stewart launched a brutal attack with two accomplices at Mr McMaster flat at Maree Road, Foxbar. He was viciously punched, kicked, stabbed with a variety of weapons including a screwdriver, a garden fork and a Stanley knife.

Boiling water was poured over him and his moustache was set alight.

His rib cage was crushed and his skull was fractured. The trio tried to sever Mr McMaster’s head with a pair of garden shears and a breadknife.

They then stuffed his clothes with newspaper and set fire to his body. Stewart was convicted of murder at the High Court in Glasgow in 1998 and was sentenced to life in prison.

It is believed that he has connections in the Paisley area.

If seen, members of the public should not approach him and should contact Police Scotland on 101. Anyone wishing to provide information anonymously can do so through the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.