Sentencing/Post Conviction

Prison inmate who broke out to flee 'very noisy' rap music sentenced to 10 extra months

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A 58-year-old man serving six-and-a-half years in a minimum security prison in England for robbery says he climbed a wall and escaped because he couldn’t stand listening to rap music on his cell block day and night, the Gloucestershire Gazette reports.

Robert Stevens, whose own rap sheet goes back more than four decades, escaped last month from a minimum security prison in Tortworth, South Gloucestershire. He was recognized and nabbed at a bookmaker’s shop about 90 miles south of the prison, and told the arresting officer he was about to turn himself in.

Defense attorney Jamie Porter told the judge that Stevens “was in a very noisy wing where rap music was being played day and night,” adding that he also had been badgered by younger cell mates wanting him to purchase drugs.

Judge Roger Jarvis, of the Dorchester Crown Court, added another 10 months to Stevens’ sentence.

“The reason for your escape has been explained to me as your unhappiness at people who were with you in prison,” the judge told Stevens. “I’m afraid that’s one of the prices people pay if they commit crimes and go to prison.”

Hat tip: New York Daily News

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