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Escaped prisoner Kyle Wombwell found in mum's wardrobe at Margate home after fleeing Standford Hill prison on Isle of Sheppey

17 December 2013
by Paul Hooper

A young prisoner who went on the run from Standford Hill prison on Sheppey was found hours later... hiding in his mother's wardrobe.

Kyle Wombwell, 23, had been serving a 28-month sentence for inflicting grievous bodily harm during a burglary.

But in November when his cell was about to be searched – and he feared officers would discover his illegally-held mobile phone - he scarpered.

A wing at Standford Hill open prison in Eastchurch on Sheppey

A wing at Standford Hill open prison in Eastchurch on Sheppey

Canterbury Crown Court heard the alarm was raised after his disappearance was discovered.

He was caught the following day in Margate hiding in a wardrobe at his mother's address.

Wombwell pleaded guilty to escaping lawful custody and was given another four months on his sentence.

Simon Taylor, defending, said that he was only at large "for a few hours".

Judge Adele Williams told the prisoner – who appeared by CCTV from the prison – she regarded it as "an aggravating matter" that he was trying to hide his mobile phone.

"You knew your cell was about to be searched and that the officers would find it in your cell," she said.

"You decided not to face the consequences and decided to leave only to be re-arrested at your mother's – hiding in the wardrobe."

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