Escaped prisoner caught after crash

FOOLISH prisoner James Dunn was today back behind bars with a longer sentence after he absconded from Hollesley Bay, stole a motorbike and then crashed it.

FOOLISH prisoner James Dunn was today back behind bars with a longer sentence after he absconded from Hollesley Bay, stole a motorbike and then crashed it.

Dunn, 21, was left with a broken ribs and jaw when he fell of the motorbike and had to be taken to Ipswich Hospital.

Judge Peter Thompson at Ipswich Crown Court heard that Dunn was arrested as soon as he was fit to leave hospital.

Dunn of Beeston, Nottinghamshire, pleaded guilty to charges of escape from Hollesley Bay Open Prison, aggravated vehicle taking, driving while disqualified, and driving without insurance at the court hearing on Tuesday.


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He had been at Hollesley Bay since March after being convicted at Nottingham Crown Court to 30 months in custody for two wounding offences.

Michael Crimp, prosecuting, told Ipswich Crown Court that Dunn had walked out of the prison at 7.30pm on October 24 and into the village of Hollesley.

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He said: "He found a motorcycle in a garden and took it. He did not get very far before he had an accident and was injured.

"The defendant was taken to Heath Road hospital and when he was fit to leave, he was arrested."

Russell Butcher, mitigating, said Dunn had walked out of jail because he feared for his safety and missed his family.

Mr Butcher said: "Dunn had been sharing a cell and his cell-mate had run up a drug debt of £400. Apparently it is customary in prison for other cell-mates to have to meet the debts if they cannot be paid.

"His cell-mate was released but had not paid his debt and they came after Dunn. There were threats of violence that he was very concerned about.

"He was also very keen to see his family and he has a wife and two children.

"In the spur of the moment he saw his opportunity to go and went for it.

"It then became apparent that what he had done was futile and all he could do was head back to prison. He was on his way back when the accident happened."

Judge Peter Thompson added six months to Dunn's jail sentence and ordered him to pay £80 to the owner of the motorbike.

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