Prisoner left jail after 'being forced to look after drugs'

Gazette: Prisoner left jail after 'being forced to look after drugs' Prisoner left jail after 'being forced to look after drugs'

A MAN jailed for shooting two brothers with an air gun in Colchester walked out of prison because he was being forced to look after drugs, a court has heard.

Jonathan Ewing, 44, had been close to his release date when he fled from prison on September 8.

He was in Hollesley Bay open prison, in Suffolk, after shooting the two brothers, aged 13 and 20, in Greenstead in 2007, when he went on the run.

Ipswich Crown Court heard following his recapture, in Avon Way, in Colchester, Ewing told police he had been facing threats and "difficulties" inside the jail after being asked by other inmates to look after drugs.

Ewing, who was caught on September 12, had pleaded guilty to escaping from custody and possession of cannabis when he appeared in court on Wednesday.

The also court heard when Ewing disappeared from Hollesley Bay he had with him what he believed was £2,000 worth of ‘spice’, a so-called legal high which replicates some of the effects of using cannabis.

But when police caught Ewing, he had disposed of it.

Ewing was sentenced to an additional six months imprisonment to run concurrent to his six-year sentence, for causing grievous bodily harm.

Sentencing Judge John Holt told the court: “He seems to have got into trouble of some sort with a drug dealer in the prison and decided to walk out rather than face that."

Ewing is the third inmate to have fled from Hollesley Bay prison in the last 16 months to have made claims about the availability of drugs within the site.

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4:25pm Thu 20 Feb 14

ART-HOUND says...

Oh blimey ! A blast from my Secondary School past !
Oh blimey ! A blast from my Secondary School past ! ART-HOUND

10:55pm Thu 20 Feb 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

usual story from a well known brood in colchester if its the bunch of the same name.
well there is that and Dallas?
as for Holiday Bay Open Camp oh apologies incarceration the system there is a joke.
mr bigs wandering around telling inmates to hide their stash
its about time the army where called in to run these places give the job to someone who knows how to meet out some gumption and discipline.
usual story from a well known brood in colchester if its the bunch of the same name. well there is that and Dallas? as for Holiday Bay Open Camp oh apologies incarceration the system there is a joke. mr bigs wandering around telling inmates to hide their stash its about time the army where called in to run these places give the job to someone who knows how to meet out some gumption and discipline. A Very Private Gentleman

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