Drunk man was a prisoner on the run

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A PRISONER on the run from North Sea Camp hoodwinked police when he gave a false name to officers who found him drunk, Lincoln Crown Court was told on Wednesday.

Craig Hawley was arrested after being found in Grantham town centre less than 24 hours after he escaped from the category D open prison.

Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said Hawley gave his brother’s name and details and as a result was allowed free with a caution for a public order offence and was given a travel warrant to get him back to his home town of Blackburn.

But before leaving the police station Hawley complained of feeling ill and officers took him to Grantham Hospital. While he was being checked out by doctors the police national computer revealed that the fingerprints of the man detained actually belonged to Hawley rather than his brother and he was arrested as an escaped prisoner.

Hawley, 24, currently a serving prisoner but originally from Blackburn, admitted escaping from custody on September 17. He was given a 12-month jail sentence to run concurrently with the indefinite jail sentence he is already serving.

Judge Sean Morris, passing sentence, said: “This was a pretty determined attempt to stay at large.”

Michael Attenborough, defending, said Hawley found life difficult at North Sea Camp and was targeted by other prisoners who offered him drugs and threatened him. He added: “He feared for his safety. The escape was an impulsive reaction to him struggling with the new circumstances he found himself in.”

Hawley was originally jailed at Preston Crown Court in January 2010 for grievous bodily harm with intent following an incident in which a 25-year-old was tortured and branded with a hot iron.