Friday 22 September 2017

Prisoner released from jail months into nine-year sentence after clerical error is arrested again

Ralston Dodd Photo: Met Police
Ralston Dodd Photo: Met Police
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Ralston Dodd, the prisoner who was released from jail months into a nine-year sentence after a clerical error, has been arrested in Birmingham, the Metropolitan Police said

The "extremely dangerous" prisoner was being hunted by police after the error meant he was released from jail just months into a nine-year sentence.

Ralston Dodd, 25, was jailed in November after he admitted stabbing a man three times in the back following an argument on a north London street.

The attack, described as an "appalling act of violence" by police, left the victim fighting for his life and an extensive manhunt was launched to track Dodd down.

Police were then forced to launch a second search for the violent offender, after he was released from prison in error as a result of a court incorrectly recording his sentence.

The thug attacked a 21-year-old man with a knife in Laycock Street, Islington on September 18 last year before going on the run.

He was arrested on October 11 and was sentenced to nine years' imprisonment at Blackfriars Crown Court on November 11 after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

At the time Metropolitan Police detective inspector Will Lexton-Jones said: "(The investigation has) ultimately led to an extremely dangerous offender being jailed.

"This was an appalling act of violence that almost cost a man his life. The seriousness of this offence is reflected in the extensive prison sentence."

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