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Murderer still at large three weeks after prison escape

Cathal McMahon

Published 23/03/2016 | 15:48

Fredrick Lee
Fredrick Lee

A murderer who escaped from an Irish jail is still on the run - almost 20 days after he vanished.

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Fredrick Lee (51) disappeared from Shelton Abbey Prison in Co Wicklow almost three weeks ago.

But prison sources have revealed that he is still at large. It is believed that Lee, who was found guilty of murder in Leeds Crown Court in 1994, is still in Ireland.

The Irish Prison Service have appealed for Lee to hand himself over to authorities.

One insider explained: “The longer he stays away the more difficult it will be for him when he does return.

“He was housed in an open prison but when he is recaptured he will be returned to a closed jail. He has put his whole release process back months and possibly years.”

Lee was jailed for life after he was found guilty of murder in 1994. He was repatriated to Ireland four years later.

The Irish Prison Service said that Lee was present at the prison on Friday, March 4 at 6am but was reported missing at 7.30am.

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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.

A 24-year-old man who walked out of the open prison almost a year ago is still on the run.

Martin Connors was serving a two-year sentence for killing his brother when he walked out of Shelton Abbey Open Prison in the early hours of April 29 last year.

It was understood at the time that gardai have been working on the theory that the Wexford town man has been hiding out in the south-east of the country, where he is being helped by some of his close associates.

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