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Prisoner released just months into long sentence after error recaptured

Ralston Dodd
Ralston Dodd

A prisoner who was released from jail months in to a nine-year sentence after a clerical error has been recaptured, police said.

Ralston Dodd, 25, was arrested in Birmingham on Tuesday night after being at large for several weeks, according to the Metropolitan Police.

He had been jailed in November after admitting a knife attack in which he stabbed a man three times in the back following an argument in the street.

Police said he has been taken to a police station in Birmingham.

The 2016 attack, described as an "appalling act of violence" by police, left the victim fighting for his life and an extensive manhunt was launched to track Dodd down.

A second search was sparked when he was released from prison in error due to a court incorrectly recording his sentence.

He had attacked a 21-year-old man with a knife in Laycock Street, Islington, north London, on September 18 before going on the run.

He was arrested on October 11 and was sentenced to nine years at Blackfriars Crown Court on November 11 after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

At the time Metropolitan Police Detective Inspector Will Lexton-Jones said: "(The investigation has) ultimately led to an extremely dangerous offender being jailed.

"This was an appalling act of violence that almost cost a man his life. The seriousness of this offence is reflected in the extensive prison sentence."

According to The Sun, Dodd was being held in custody at HMP Thameside in south-east London before his release.

He was reportedly later spotted in a car by his victim, who had made a full recovery.

A Scotland Yard spokesman previously said officers in Islington wished to trace a man "for being unlawfully at large" and a warrant was obtained at Blackfriars Crown Court on June 23.