Prisoner walked out of jail - then called police
A PRISONER who walked out of HMP Leyhill when due for release later this month must serve another six weeks' custody.
Carl Tompkins was with another inmate when they went to collect alcohol left at a perimeter fence but legged it when they thought they had been spotted, Bristol Crown Court was told.
Some 12 hours later they telephoned police, saying they were at nearby Michael Wood Services on the M5, and were arrested.
Tompkins, 28, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to escape from lawful custody.
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He was due to be released from his jail term in two weeks' time on September 30.
His co-defendant, who is not due for release until May next year, will be dealt with later.
The Recorder of Bristol His Honour Judge Neil Ford QC told Tompkins: "Those who leave a custodial setting must appreciate that it is necessary to pass a sentence that deters others from so doing. Inevitably there will be a prison sentence."
Julian Howells, prosecuting, told the court that in November 2010 Tompkins was jailed for four years for wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and battery.
Mr Howells said that, last month, Tompkins and another prisoner absconded and turned up 12 hours later at the motorway service station.
They told police they were trying to collect alcohol from the perimeter fence, at the request of others, and panicked when they thought they had been seen by a prison guard.
Nicholas Arthur, defending, said: "Mr Tompkins was very much at the end of his prison sentence.
"The physical breach was stepping over a stile.
"They happened to be together. There is no magic in that there was two of them.
"The motive was to bring alcohol into the prison.
"Mr Tompkins was struggling in the open conditions."
The court heard Tompkins was a gifted artist who had made the most of every educational course available.