Burglar from Stacksteads is back behing bars after jail break

Burglar from Stacksteads is back behing bars after jail break

Burglar from Stacksteads is back behing bars after jail break

First published in Stacksteads by , Court reporter

A TEENAGE burglar is back behind bars after escaping from jail by removing part of his cell window and going on the run for three weeks.

And 19-year-old father-of-one Lee Quinn was slammed by a judge for lying in court in a bid to explain why he fled jail.

Quinn, who was serving two and a half years, claimed he had been bullied inside the prison and also said he had received upsetting news about his two-year-old son.

But a judge said those were lies in a bid to avoid going back to jail.

Quinn, who had been serving 876 days as a ‘three strike’ burglar, had been locked up last May. He had 18 previous convictions.

The defendant, of Cutler Lane, Stacksteads, admitted the escape and was given another 29 weeks behind bars on top of his original jail term, after a judge said he had ‘tried to play the system’.

Burnley Crown Court was told how Quinn escaped from Thorn Cross Young Offenders' Institute in Warrington on December 30.

He was spotted in Bacup on January 16 and was arrested shortly after having been on the run for 18 days.

Judge Graham Knowles, QC, said: “You clearly lied in the hope of watering down your sentence.”

During the day at Thorn Cross inmates were allowed to move around fairly freely, the court was told but on December 30 Quinn absconded in the evening from his cell.

After being captured he wrote a letter to the court from his cell claiming he had been bullied at Thorn Cross.

He said he also had an upsetting call with his ex-girlfriend about their child and decided to make off.

Judge Newell had told him he might get less than six months in custody if he had a good prison record, independent support for what he said in the letter, or both.

Quinn's telephone calls to his former girlfriend were then investigated and it was found he had not contacted her for 11 days before he escaped.

James Heyworth, for Quinn, said the defendant had wanted to see his son and had been impulsive. There had been no violence and no extensive planning.

A Prison Services spokesman said: “Prison governors actively manage the risk posed by prisoners in an open prison.

“Anyone prisoner whose behaviour poses a concern, which cannot safely be managed, will be returned to a closed prison.”

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12:32pm Wed 29 Feb 12

prince of darkness says...

Well done a Judge who openly said the defendant was working the system. Should have doubled his sentance.
Well done a Judge who openly said the defendant was working the system. Should have doubled his sentance. prince of darkness
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1:04pm Wed 29 Feb 12

AndyD123 says...

He has committed 3 burglaries and has 18 previous convictions. How come he is not in a proper prison?

Putting people like him somewhere where he can "move around fairly freely" is probably not the brightest idea a judge could have come up with. Hardly a deterrent
He has committed 3 burglaries and has 18 previous convictions. How come he is not in a proper prison? Putting people like him somewhere where he can "move around fairly freely" is probably not the brightest idea a judge could have come up with. Hardly a deterrent AndyD123
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8:09pm Wed 29 Feb 12

everywhere is sh1t says...

AndyD123 wrote:
He has committed 3 burglaries and has 18 previous convictions. How come he is not in a proper prison?

Putting people like him somewhere where he can "move around fairly freely" is probably not the brightest idea a judge could have come up with. Hardly a deterrent
because he will not go to a real grow ups prison until he is 21 at the moment he is classed as a young offender
[quote][p][bold]AndyD123[/bold] wrote: He has committed 3 burglaries and has 18 previous convictions. How come he is not in a proper prison? Putting people like him somewhere where he can "move around fairly freely" is probably not the brightest idea a judge could have come up with. Hardly a deterrent[/p][/quote]because he will not go to a real grow ups prison until he is 21 at the moment he is classed as a young offender everywhere is sh1t
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8:15pm Wed 29 Feb 12

BIGGLESTOE says...

Do the crime then do the time is normally the rule of thumb, but all too often as this young bum is finding his chick venue is no holiday camp at all. However he will settle in after a few more insertions!
Do the crime then do the time is normally the rule of thumb, but all too often as this young bum is finding his chick venue is no holiday camp at all. However he will settle in after a few more insertions! BIGGLESTOE
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3:55am Thu 1 Mar 12

dom jolly says...

he got alien eyes that boy from stacky
he got alien eyes that boy from stacky dom jolly
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