December 5 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey pledged to take up the issue of violent prisoners being housed at Hollesley Bay after two more fled the open prison.
The Prison Officers’ Association (POA) is urging constituents to lobby Dr Coffey over concerns dangerous offenders are being fast-tracked and put in the wrong jails.
Dr Coffey said she intended to take up the matter with the Prisons Minister Jeremy Wright after Jonathan Ewing, 44, formerly of Colchester, and armed robber Paul Devereux, who has connections to Sudbury, went on the run. Police were told at around 8.40am yesterday.
Ewing was serving an indeterminate sentence for GBH after shooting a 20-year-old man 34 times with an airgun.
Ewing told his victim: “I should be on anti-depressants but I don’t take them. I’m completely mental now.” He also shot the man’s 13-year-old brother.
At his 2008 Chelmsford Crown Court sentencing the judge said Ewing posed “a considerable risk” of causing serious harm to the public.
Devereux, 42, was serving life for robbery with an imitation firearm.
Last month Ipswich kidnapper Daniel Best, 25, and violent Hull robber Mark Donnison, 43, were both jailed for eight months after separately walking out of Hollesley Bay in July. The pair were serving indeterminate sentences.
A spokesman for the POA said: “Whilst the Prison Service says it has 4,000 headroom the places are in the wrong area and the wrong type of prisons to hold dangerous and damaged prisoners.
“The recent abscondings from Hollesley Bay are no surprise to the POA. We would urge the local community to speak to their MP and say enough is enough. The MP needs to put pressure on the Secretary of State for Justice [Chris Grayling] to say he needs to call for a root-and-branch review of the allocation of prisoners.”
Dr Coffey said: “I share the concern over life and indeterminate sentence prisoners being put in Hollesley Bay. I will try to speak to the Prisons Minister in the next day or two.” A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: “The level of absconding from open prisons in 2012/13 was the second lowest since records began.
“We are committed to ensuring that risk to the public is minimised. All those located in open conditions have been rigorously risk assessed and categorised as being of low risk to the public.”
Anyone who sees Devereux or Ewing should call police on 101.