Lags who fled open prison nicked after going to pub and boasting of escape

TWO prisoners who fled an open jail were caught after heading straight to a pub and boasting of their escape.

Another drinker heard their bragging and called police.


Both men ran off but burglar Peter Johnson, serving 876 days, was caught nearby.

Vincent Israel, jailed for 46 months for an armed robbery, was picked up later with foot injuries after leaping over a 5ft fence.

A court heard they had earlier scaled the perimeter at HMP Sudbury, a Category D open prison in Derbyshire, in September.

Johnson, 29, and Israel, 31, then headed 50 miles to the Stitching Pony in Kettering, Northants, for a pint.

Prosecutor Neil Bannister said police received a report that Johnson was in the Horsemarket area of the town with another man just before 10pm.

The pair, both from nearby Corby, this week admitted escaping from lawful custody and were jailed for a further four months.

Sentencing them at Northampton crown court, Judge Rebecca Crane said: “Those in Category D prisons are trusted prisoners. You breached that trust.”


Liam Muir, defending, said Johnson and Israel had started using drugs again in HMP Sudbury and other inmates had asked them to collect items.

He told the court: “They found themselves desperate to not be in that prison any more.

“They knew when they were arrested they would be taken to another prison.”

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