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Hollesley Bay open prison’s longest outstanding fugitive to appear in court after four years at large

PUBLISHED: 10:24 15 June 2017 | UPDATED: 10:24 15 June 2017

South east Suffolk magistrates' Court in Ipswich. File picture: GREGG BROWN

South east Suffolk magistrates' Court in Ipswich. File picture: GREGG BROWN

Hollesley Bay open prison’s longest outstanding fugitive is due to appear before Ipswich magistrates today after finally being recaptured.

Hollesley absconder Jonathan McCarthy Hollesley absconder Jonathan McCarthy

Jonathan McCarthy, who was serving out a jail term at the Suffolk open prison for burglary and racially aggravated violence, has been sought since he disappeared four years ago.

The-then 22-year-old had been on home leave when prison officers called police on July 19, 2013, to say he had not come back. He had left the open jail four days earlier.

Although McCarthy has been missing since then a summons to appear before Ipswich magistrates was sent to his home address in Bream Close, north London in 2014.

It ordered McCarthy to appear in court to be charged with being a temporary released prisoner unlawfully at large.

However, McCarthy did not turn up and a an arrest warrant was issued.

McCarthy was said to have has links in the Tottenham area of London and was believed to have travelled there on his leave.

He is due to appear at South East Suffolk Magistrates today via a video link from HMP Altcourse in Liverpool.

At the time he went missing McCarthy had been serving a three-and-a-half year sentence for burglary and racially aggravated violence

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