Monday 26 June 2017

Second inmate charged over Pentonville prison breakout

Matthew Baker. Metropolitan Police/PA Wire
Matthew Baker. Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

Margaret Davis

A second prisoner who allegedly escaped from Pentonville jail has been charged.

Matthew Baker, 28, was arrested on November 9 after public appeals to find him, and he has been in hospital since then with a leg injury.

On Wednesday Scotland Yard said Baker, who was on remand at Pentonville awaiting sentence for attempted murder, had been charged "via postal requisition" with prison escape. He is due to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court on December 12.

A postal requisition is an alternative to a court summons.

A 21-year-old woman, Kelly Baker, of Friars Close, Ilford, east London, has already been charged with assisting an offender and will next appear at Blackfriars Crown Court on December 9.

Police launched a manhunt after two inmates escaped from HMP Pentonville on November 7. Since then the other alleged fugitive, James Whitlock, 31, has also been charged with prison escape. He is next due to appear at Blackfriars Crown Court on December 13.

On Tuesday thousands of prison staff downed tools in protest amid claims that jails are "in meltdown", but were ordered back to work after the Government took successful High Court action to block the move.

Up to 10,000 staff joined the protest after a string of high-profile incidents at prisons, including an alleged murder, a riot and the escape of a number of inmates.

On Wednesday, Derbyshire Police issued an appeal after Patrick Fahey, 41, from Manchester, fled Sudbury prison, which is an open jail.

The convicted armed robber was given an indeterminate sentence with a minimum term of four years and eight months in November 2008. Members of the public have been warned not to approach Fahey but to call police if they see him.

This follows the escape of three prisoners from another open prison, Leyhill in south Gloucestershire, on Sunday.

Officers from Avon and Somerset Police have since arrested Wayne Maycock, 33, and Paul Bromwich, 54, but Admi Headley, 34, remains at large.

Headley, who is described as a risk to the public, is black, 5ft 10in, slim with brown eyes and short black hair. He has a tattoo on his left arm.

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