Open prison escapee sent back behind bars by judge

AN INMATE who spent three weeks on the run from North Sea Camp open prison was put back behind bars after admitting escaping from custody.

Callum Baggaley claimed he walked out of the prison at Freiston because he wanted to get away from a cellmate who was smoking illicit drugs.

Baggaley, a former addict, was a few weeks away from being released from a two year sentence imposed for burglary but was desperate to stay away from drugs and walked out.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court on Friday: “He was due for release on August 15 of this year but disappeared on the evening of June 13.

“He was discovered missing the following morning. He then turned up at Boston Police Station on July 5 to give himself up.”

Baggaley, 23, of no fixed address but originally from the Boston area, admitted unlawfully escaping from custody on June 13. He was given a three month jail sentence consecutive to the original term of imprisonment he is still serving.

Judge Sean Morris said: “You are not the first person who has come before my court having walked out of North Sea Camp because of problems. I don’t know what is going on there. That is for the prison service to sort out.”

Neil Sands, defending, said Baggaley had been making good progress while in custody and for the first time in five years was totally clear of drugs.

Mr Sands said: “The last thing in the world he wanted was to be exposed to drugs again. He was in sight of his release.

“He didn’t commit any further offences and did not return to drug use while he was out. He simply spent some time getting his head around what was going to happen.”

Baggaley was originally jailed at Lincoln Crown Court on September 30 after breaking into an old people’s home and stealing a resident’s handbag.

He also admitted two further charges of burglary with intent to steal.