Two arrests as killer still loose
Two people have been arrested on suspicion of assisting convicted murderer Brian Grady abscond from an open prison in Wales.
The 37-year-old man and 34-year- old woman are both from the Bristol area, where Grady is believed to have been since he absconded on Monday.
A spokesperson from Gwent Police said both suspects are in custody helping police with their enquiries to locate Grady.
Monmouth MP David Davies has raised concerns over the decision to hold Grady in the open prison.
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Twenty-six-year-old Grady – also known as Brian Revill – was sentenced to at least 11 years in prison at Bristol Crown Court in 2003 after he stabbed Liam Attwell in Canon's Marsh, Bristol.
Mr Attwell, 25, was stabbed in the chest as he tried to intervene in a mobile phone robbery on October 3, 2002. He died in hospital three day later.
Grady was sentenced at the age of just 17 so his identity could have been kept a secret, but was named after newspapers successfully appealed to the judge on the case.
He absconded from HMP Prescoed, a category D prison near Usk.
Mr Davies has said he thought Grady received a light sentence for robbery and murder. He added that he expressed concerns over the decision to move him to an open prison, when speaking with Home Secretary Theresa May yesterday.
He said: "She pointed out that the current Government was not responsible for the sentence he received, which in my opinion was extraordinarily lenient given the nature of the crimes he committed.
"Grady would have been within a year or less of release and it is normal practice that prisoners coming to the end of a sentence are moved to an open prison. However, they should first be fully assessed and clearly in this case the assessment was wrong."
Mr Davies said Mrs May had given a "personal assurance" the police are doing "everything possible" to recapture him.