Tuesday 23 January 2018

Manhunt underway for convicted murderer who escaped from open prison

Ken Foy, Louise Kelly & Wayne O'Connor

A convicted murderer has absconded from an open prison in Wicklow.

Fredrick Lee (51) absconded from Shelton Abbey in Co Wicklow between 6.30 and 7.30 am yesterday morning.

Lee was found guilty of murder in Leeds Crown Court in 1994 and was repatriated to Ireland four years later.

The Arklow-based facility is an open, low security prison for men who have been deemed to require lower levels of security.

Fredrick Lee
Fredrick Lee

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 told independent.ie.

“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.”

Mr Lee is described as being 5'9'' in height with brown hair and brown eyes.

Shelton Abbey Prison
Shelton Abbey Prison

Gardaí have appealed to the public to come forward with any relevant information on his whereabouts.

A 24-year-old man who walked out of the open prison almost one years 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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