Convicted murderer Deke Partridge charged with escape
A drug addict jailed for life for the brutal murder of a
university graduate has appeared in court charged with escape.
Deke Partridge (pictured left) was serving life with a
minimum term of 14 years before being considered for parole, is
alleged to have fled while being escorted to a dentist in
The 30-year-old was in the custody of staff from the Trevor
Gibbens unit at Maidstone Hospital at the time.
Partridge, formerly of Mannette House, Maidstone Road, Chatham,
was charged with escape from lawful custody and assault by
He was committed by magistrates to Maidstone Crown Court for a
sentencing hearing listed to take place yesterday.
But it had to be adjourned after the judge was told Partridge,
who appeared via a video link with the Trevor Gibbens unit, had no
Neither had there been any indication as to his plea, or any
evidence as to whether or not he was actually fit to plead to the
Judge Jeremy Carey also questioned the effect any sentence he
imposed would have.
"I cannot impose a sentence consecutive to a life sentence so
one wonders what this is about other than to mark the fact, if it
be so, that he has committed a criminal offence," he remarked.
Prosecutor Danny Robinson told the court that it was
in the public interest to prosecute as it would be a matter taken
into consideration by the parole board.
However, Judge Carey, who himself sits on the parole board,
suggested that an internal adjudication hearing was a more suitable
procedure to adopt.
Adjourning the case until December 17, he added: "If we heard
every case of some kind of breach of the prison setting, we would
never have time to do anything other than those."
Partridge was convicted in January 2010 of the murder of
34-year-old Tim Hutcheon (pictured left).
The former pupil of King's School, Rochester, suffered 10 stab
wounds at his bungalow in Dale Street, Chatham, in January
His body was not discovered for nine days.
Partridge was a friend of Mr Hutcheon's. He denied murder,
claiming he was out visiting people at the time.
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