Prisoner gets another year for attempting to escape

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Anthony Hamilton did not waste the court’s time yesterday when asked whether he was guilty of attempting to escape from Her Majesty’s Prison on June 29th. He instead pleaded guilty right away.

As a result, Hamilton was sentenced to one year in prison, to be served after the six-year jail sentence he got earlier this year for robbing the owner of a travel agency in 2017.

Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh handed down the decision in the St. John’s Magistrates’ Court yesterday after hearing evidence from the prosecution.

Hamilton was among several prisoners who were released from their cells for break two Saturdays ago. However, when the bell rang for them to return, everyone else complied but he could not be accounted for. An inmate reported seeing him trying to scale the prison fence and authorities rushed to investigate.

The jail was locked down and officers combed the prison and its immediate surroundings for several hours. Hamilton was subsequently found hiding in the old kitchen area inside the prison yard.

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