A North Sea Camp inmate’s bid for freedom lasted less than three hours after he walked out of the open prison.
Convicted arsonist Shane Goodhall feared he was about to be transferred back to secure conditions and decided to make a run for it to see his family, Lincoln Crown Court was told on Monday.
Phil Howes, prosecuting, said Goodhall managed to walk just a mile before he was picked up by police on Church Green Road, Fishtoft.
Goodhall later told police that he wanted to see his family before he was sent back to a closed prison.
At the time he was serving an indeterminate jail sentence imposed at Reading Crown Court in June 2007 for an arson attack on a house in Slough.
The court heard that he is not due to be considered for parole for at least another 12 months.
Christine Luckock, defending, said Goodhall was able to escape quite easily and intended to hand himself in after achieving his aim.
Goodhall, 25, who is still a serving prisoner, admitted escape from North Sea Camp on 1 December. He was given a four month jail sentence to run concurrently with the sentence he is already serving.