Prisoner walked out of Leyhill to be with his sick mother
A LEYHILL prisoner who walked out of the establishment to visit his terminally ill mother has received a four-month jail term.
Matthew Sharp was serving an indeterminate sentence for wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, Bristol Crown Court heard.
He said he walked out of Leyhill due to concerns about his mum, as well as being unhappy there.
Sharp, 25, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to escape in June.
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Judge David Ticehurst told him: "You have made good progress in prison. It is unfortunate that good progress has been interrupted by you leaving prison.
"I accept entirely the reason why you walked out. It can't be easy when you are locked up and your mother's very ill.
"That's unfortunately one of the consequences of committing the crime for which you were sent to prison."
Kenneth Bell, prosecuting, said prison staff noticed Sharp was missing on June 25 when he was absent from a roll call.
Mr Bell said: "He escaped and was arrested on August 28.
"He said he was concerned about his mother and he wasn't having a happy time in prison."
Judge Ticehurst commented: "That's not the point of prison is it?"
Alex Daymond, defending, said his client had done all courses required of him in custody to a very high standard.
He told the court: "He appeared to be making very good progress towards his release and reducing his danger.
"He has not committed offences of violence.
"Clearly, what he did won't assist him in any future parole hearing."
Mr Daymond confirmed his client's mother was suffering from terminal illness and he was refused leave to see her.
Mr Daymond said: "He took the rather rash decision to walk out.
"He walked out due to personal pressures rather than an organised escape."
The court was told Sharp originally travelled to Worcester but became aware police were looking for him and he went to his girlfriend in Plymouth, where he was arrested.