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Murderer who escaped from Irish prison captured in UK

Fredrick Lee
Fredrick Lee

A MURDERER who fled an open prison is now facing up to 10 extra years in jail after being arrested over a domestic incident involving a woman.

Fredrick Lee (51), fled Shelton Abbey, in Co. Wicklow, under cover of darkness at 6.30am on March 4.

Sources have confirmed to the Sunday World that after fleeing the prison the violent killer, who was nearing the conclusion of his sentence for battering an 80-year-old man to death, fled by ferry to England.

It’s understood that he subsequently moved to the Hammersmith area of London, where he is believed to have been hiding out with a female associate.

On the night of July 28 police were called to the address following reports of a domestic disturbance.

Lee was subsequently arrested by officers from the London Metropolitan Police force, who discovered authorities in Ireland were seeking his detention on a European Arrest Warrant.

Lee was subsequently repatriated to Ireland where he was remanded in the custody of Cloverhill Prison.

A source confirmed to the Sunday World that Lee could face up to 10 additional years in prison as he is now at the back of the queue in terms of securing parole.

 “Lee’s decision to flee an open prison where he was being trusted to serve out his sentence would be viewed in a very dim light by the parole board,” the source said.

“That combined with the fact he has now been involved in another violent incident means he cannot be viewed as safe for release.

“He will now be kept in a secure prison for the remainder of his sentence.”

Lee was originally found guilty of murder in Leeds Crown Court in 1994 and was repatriated to Ireland four years later.

A spokesperson for the Prison Service this week confirmed to the Sunday World that the decision was taken to issue a European Arrest Warrant for Lee within 24 hours of his escape.

“Open Centres play a vital role in preparing long terms inmates for full release,” the spokesperson said.

“The vast majority of inmates who transfer to open centres comply with the rules and any inmate who absconds is vigorously pursued by the authorities whether they base themselves here or abroad.

“The rate of inmates who abscond from open facilities has dropped from 120 in 2011 to just 20 last year.

“This is as a direct result of a policy that has seen the use of open centres targeted towards long-term inmates.”