A murderer asked to be moved from Kirkham Prison because he was being bullied by another inmate a judge was told.
Vincent Mulvey was transferred to another prison, but his tormentor was moved to the same jail soon after.
Mulvey then decided not to return from day leave in his home town of Blackpool.
The 36-year-old inmate pleaded guilty to failing to return to prison following temporary release.
He was sentenced to three months in prison, which will be served in a closed prison, by District Judge Margaret McCormack sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.
Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Mulvey was released from Kennet open prison, Merseyside, for the day on January 5 at 9am and was expected to return there by 4.30pm the same day.
At 8.40pm he walked into Blackpool Central police station and gave himself up, the court heard.
Steven Townley, defending, said Mulvey was serving life in prison for a murder in 2001. His tariff was 13 years and he was eligible for parole on January 14 this year.
Mulvey had been at Kirkham prison but asked to be moved from there because he was being bullied by another prisoner, who caused problems for him. He was allowed to transfer to Kennet prison but to his horror, his tormentor arrived there soon after.
Mr Townley added: “He spoke to the governor about being moved again, but nothing could be done.