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On-the-run prisoner who escaped life sentence raids home leaving kids terrified

An escaped prisoner who was serving life in prison burgled a home and stole a car while he was on the run for eight months.

Curtis Douglas, 35, from Birmingham, was jailed for life in 2011 for wounding with intent.

He escaped from HMP Sudbury on October 27 2020, a year before he was due to go on parole.

Within a few weeks, on December 15, he was struggling for money and smashed his way into a home on Amesbury Road in Moseley, stealing the keys to a 4×4 which he drove off in, BirminghamLive reports.

Fingerprints and blood left at the scene notified Douglas as the culprit, but he was not found and arrested until June 18 this year.

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He pleaded guilty to escaping lawful custody, burglary and theft of a motor-vehicle, before being sentenced yesterday, September 2, to two years and four months, to run concurrent to his existing jail term.

The prosecutor said the burglary victims were left “anxious and feeling in fear” with their children remaining “apprehensive at bedtime” and asking, “will we be safe tonight?”

Douglas has committed over 70 offences and has 37 previous convictions, including a number of burglaries before he reached the age of 15.

The defence told the court that Douglas had fled jail out of concern for a relative who was in poor health at the time.

Will Harrington, defending, said: "He made the most dreadful decision to leave prison. Had he stayed there, he might just have been coming up for parole in October or November this year. These actions have put that back for a considerable time."

Recorder Stanistreet-Keen told Douglas: "It was a very foolish decision that has had the effect of keeping you in custody for even longer. You only have yourself to blame."

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