Published: 14:42, 18 September 2019
| Updated: 14:43, 18 September 2019
A convicted burglar who absconded from prison was caught a day later — peddling furiously on a stolen mountain bike.
And to make him more conspicuous, Michael Williams was nabbed carrying a prison-issue laundry bag, a court heard.
But Maidstone Crown Court was told that the following morning he was seen in nearby Sheerness by a prison officer travelling to work at the same jail.
The guard then followed Williams until police arrived to arrest him.
Williams had swiped the bicycle from outside a house because "his feet were cold from walking'.
He also stole a gold bracelet, tablet device, a pair of sunglasses and a bottle of Jack Daniels from numerous cars.
Williams, previously of Morehall Avenue, Folkestone later claimed he was heading back to the prison to hand himself in when he was apprehended.
He pleaded guilty to escape and four offences of theft and was jailed for four months.
The habitual burglar had been due for release in April next year but will have to serve the latest sentence consecutively.
Trevor Wright, defending, said Williams, who lives in the Folkestone area left Standford Hill, where he held enhanced status, after being told about the death of a close friend.
"While he was outside the prison he realised he had made a fundamental error and it was time to go back and face the music.
"He was cold, hungry and had no money."
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