Inmate went on run after safety threats

Lee Moran

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A prisoner went on the run from prison in Fylde for almost a month because he was so scared of other inmates who wanted to turn him into a drugs ‘mule’, a court has heard.

Lee Moran, 34, had served seven years of an indeterminate jail term imposed for stabbing a man and robbery.

But Moran, who was branded a danger to the public when he was jailed, became a perfect prisoner, Blackpool Magistrates heard.

He behaved so well he was allowed to go on day work placements in the community helping to re build a church-yard wall in Lytham.

It was when two fellow inmates at Kirkham Prison heard about Moran’s days out they made contact with him.

They told him he would be contacted at the church and then given packages to bring back into the prison.

When he refused he was attacked and was told the other prisoner knew where his mother lived and he should fear for her safety.

Worried about the recriminations to himself and his mother Moran left prison at around 8am on August 7.

He never returned. His details were circulated to police by prison staff and Moran, who had been living in Derbe Road, St Annes, was arrested by police on September 2 on the town’s North Promenade.

Magistrates sentenced him to an extra 21 days jail after he admitted failing to return under the terms of his licence.

Suzie Privett, prosecuting, said : “When he was interviewed by police he told them he had been assaulted in jail and threats made so he did not return.”

Howard Green, defending, told the court: “Despite the fact Moran was given an indeterminate sentence he has proved he is suitable for a category D jail and suitable to be allowed out to work.”

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