Monday, October 31, 2005

Absconding From Prison

I represented a Client at a Magistrates Court recently who had been charged with offences at the Police Station and who had been taken to Court in custody. The Client was accused of fairly serious crimes, but his list of previous convictions was good with only one previous conviction. The real problem with getting this Client bail was that he had absconded from an open prison!

It took about 10 minutes of me talking to the Client before he accepted that it was impossible for him to leave the Court on bail and walk out using his own two feet. The Client was clearly trying his luck to see if there was anyway he could get bail and avoid the inevitable return to prison.

I had not been provided with details of the absconding so after I had dealt with the Client's hearing I asked how long the Client had to serve in the open prison before he was due to be released on licence. The Client told me that he only had to serve two weeks in the open prison prior to his early release on licence. So rather than just serve two weeks the Client went on the run - he now has about one year left to serve the remainder of his sentence!

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