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Convicted criminal on the run taunts prison service with Facebook message

Published 27/08/2014 | 11:39

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Ricky English

A convicted criminal who absconded from an open prison has teased officials by boasting that he “ain’t going back” on his Facebook page.

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Gardai are hunting 24-year-old Ricky English, who walked-out of Shelton Abbey prison on July 31.

It is understood officials from the Irish Prison Service had been in touch with the Carlow native in recent weeks to try and get him to return to the facility in Arklow, Co Wicklow.

But the on-the-run taunted them this week by posting a Facebook message claiming he was “feeling free”.

“I wasn’t guna do this but f*** it n f*** u irish prison system haha,” he wrote.

“I ain’t going back n if I am it’ll be when im good n ready but for now im going travelling hah ail send yaz all a postcard..

“For sum reason i don’t think il be getting offered an open prison again haha god damn rite its a beautiful day.. – feeling free.”

English was serving a five year prison sentence over two robberies on bookmakers in Carlow and Wicklow.

He had pleaded guilty to the 2009 robberies of Wall's Bookmakers in Tinahely and Harrington's Bookmakers in Tullow.

While he originally received a five-year suspended sentence in 2011, it was activated after he was convicted of other offences.

The Prison Service has been in touch with gardai to apprehend the on-the-run.

“We have been on to the gardai to try and ensure his ‘act of bravado’ comes back to bite him,” a source added.

“Hopefully they will pick him up.”

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