North Sea Camp absconder was ‘on the run for more than three years’

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A life prisoner who escaped from North Sea Camp was on the run for more than three years before he was finally detained, Lincoln Crown Court was told.

Robert Jones, who was serving a sentence for rape and grievous bodily harm with intent imposed in 1996, walked out of the open jail in May 2012, and made his way to London.

Esther Harrison, prosecuting, said Jones escaped detection until June 11 this year when he was arrested by Met Police officers over another issue and it was then discovered he was on the run.

Miss Harrison said “He said that he was unhappy with the regime at North Sea Camp and he felt that he had been mucked around in respect of his parole date. In frustration and anger he walked out.”

Jones, 46, of no fixed address, admitted escaping from lawful custody on 12 May 2012. He represented himself at the hearing and chose to offer no mitigation.

He was jailed for nine months to run concurrent with the life sentence he continues to serve.

Judge Michael Heath, passing sentence, told Jones “The sentence has to be one of imprisonment and it has to be concurrent to the life sentence because I am not permitted by law to pass a sentence consecutive to pass a life sentence.”