Robber William McIvor sentenced for absconding from Hollesley Bay prison

William McIvor

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A 36-year-old violent criminal has admitted escaping from lawful custody after absconding from Hollesley Bay prison.

William McIvor had been serving an indeterminate sentence for robbery.

He was originally convicted at a crown court in London in October 2007 and ordered to serve a minimum of four years in jail.

He arrived at Hollesley Bay on August 20 last year, but left the prison sometime during the early part of the morning on January 3.

McIvor’s absence was noted when he was found to be absent for morning roll call, and was originally said to have disappeared between 6am and 8am.


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The prison was searched but he could not be found.

McIvor - who has 18 convictions to his name for 25 offences including theft, public disorder, and fraud, as well as robbery - was detained at an address in Hatfield, Hertfordshire two days later.

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When he appeared at Ipswich Crown Court he pleaded guilty to escaping.

McIvor was given a two-month prison sentence.

However, this was to run concurrently with the indeterminate sentence he is currently serving.

In a separate case another Hollesley Bay prisoner has been committed to crown court.

Kyle Naylor appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates Court accused of escaping from lawful custody.

The 26-year-old is serving an indeterminate sentence for robbery and wounding with intent.

He is accused of absconding for the open prison on Tuesday, January 13.

Naylor’s preliminary hearing at Ipswich Crown Court is due to take place on Thursday.

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