Killer sparks Garda alert after escape from prison
A convicted murderer has absconded from an open prison in Wicklow.
Gardaí have issued an appeal and said that they are concerned for the welfare of the public after Fredrick Lee (51) disappeared from Shelton Abbey Prison in Arklow yesterday.
Lee was found guilty of murder in Leeds Crown Court in 1994 and was repatriated to Ireland four years later.
The Irish Prison Service said that Lee was present at the prison yesterday morning at 6am but was reported missing at 7.30am.
Shelton Abbey is an open prison, but a spokesperson for the Prison Service said it was not unusual for prisoners serving long sentences to be relocated to such prisons towards the end of their terms.
"Absconsions from open prisons nowadays are rare," the spokesperson added.
"The prisoners transfer there on the trust that they obey the rules and they get a more open routine as well as a more open style prison."
Lee is described as 5'9" with brown hair and brown eyes.