Convicted robber who fled North Sea Camp open prison is back inside

A CONVICTED robber who walked out of an open jail after learning he was unlikely to be released was sentenced to 12 weeks imprisonment.

Anthony Duff, 33, was serving an indefinite sentence in North Sea Camp open prison, Freiston, when he went on the run after being told his parole application would probably fail.

Lincoln Crown Court was told Duffy had already spent several months in the jail after receiving a sentence for public protection at Preston Crown Court in 2006 for two offences of robbery.

On Friday, while passing sentence Judge Michael Heath said: “The public may be surprised to hear someone sent to prison for indefinite public protection is serving in an open prison.”

The court was told Duffy was noticed missing from a 6pm roll call of prisoners on May 11.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, said Duffy spent less than 12 hours at large and was found drunk near the Ingram memorial in Boston Market Place.

There were grazes on his arms and neck, and was holding a photo of his children.

Gordon Holt, mitigating, told the court police officers took Duffy to hospital and then arrested him when they realised he was a prisoner.

Mr Holt added: “He had already well served the minimum time set down by his sentence and had been in North Sea Camp since October. A few days before his escape it was indicated to him that his parole hearing was likley not to be supported. He was only at large for a few hours.”

Duffy, of no fixed address, admitted a single charge of escape on May 11. He will serve the 12 weeks imprisonment concurrent to his existing indefinite sentence.