David Blood, 48, has been sentenced to 8 months in custody after having pleaded guilty to escaping lawful custody. He was serving a life sentence for armed robbery imposed in 2003 when he walked out of Ford Open Prison in June of this year. 

He had been sentenced to 13 months  in custody for a similar offence in 2012 but, on this occasion, the Court heard that he had attained “enhanced prisoner” status and had been given a number of scheduled home-release dates to aid his reintegration into society. These dates came and went without the promised release from custody and so Mr Blood walked out in desperation and had started to make plans to disappear into society when he was arrested by the police. 

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