Murderer walked out of prison because he could not cope

A prisoner serving a life sentence for murder walked out of North Sea Camp open jail in Freiston because he could not cope with the conditions.

Lincoln Crown Court was told today (Thursday) how David Carroll, who has already spent more than 20 years in custody after being sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court in July 1991, simply walked out of the open jail.

Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said Carroll later told police he could not cope with life in an open prison.

He decided the only way to obtain a transfer to a more secure jail was to escape.

Mr Scott said that Carroll had originally been given a 10-year tariff but has served double that time in jail although he was shortly due to be considered for parole.

Carroll’s lawyer David Eager said his client made his way on foot to Boston Police Station where he handed himself after just three hours on the run.

Mr Eager told the hearing: “He went directly to the Police Station and nowhere else. He followed the lights of Boston Stump to get there and as soon as he got there he handed himself in.”

Carroll,42, who is a serving prisoner, admitted escaping from lawful custody on November 30 and was given an eight week concurrent jail sentence.