Wanted fugitive Michael Wheatley was today captured and returned to police custody following his disappearance on May 3rd when he was allowed on day release.
Here is his offending history, He was arrested in East London today following a high speed chase.
1980s – Jailed following an armed robbery on a post officer, he goes on the run and commits nine more armed robberies, Police catch him nine years later and in 1989 he is jailed for 16 years.
1992 – He was allowed on day release to visit optician, he escapes and commits eight raids..
1993 – Jailed for seven years, on top of the 20 he’s already serving.
2001 – released on parole from his cumulative 27 year sentence. Within weeks he commits the first of 13 bank raids over 10 months.
2002 – handed 13 life sentences of which he must serve at least eight years.
May 3, 2014 – Released on temporary licence from Standford Hill open prison in Kent, fails to return and the alarm is raised.
May 7 – A Chelsea Building Society in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey, is robbed. Wheatley is arrested later in East London.
Police Hour calls for fresh reforms to the length of time a prisoner spends behind bars and for tighter prison controls over he use of day releases under the circumstances in which a convicted criminal is able to request day release.
The fundamental principle of allowing prisoners day release and allowing prisoners to serve their sentence in an open prison is to get the prisoner for release from custody and ensure they are ready to cope with every day life.
Having been sentenced to 13 life sentences, Wheatley should not have been considered to be placed in an open prison and should have never been allowed day release considering his offending history and his previous history when it comes to day release.
Wheatley is a very dangerous man, and should be used to send a message to the powers that be within the prison system and within parliament that we need tougher sanctions within prison when dealing with parole and day release.
Parliament need to seriously consider reforms that will put a stop to dangerous criminals have shown evidence of serious re-offending that they should not be considered to be placed within an open prison and within circumstances such as Wheatley should not be considered for day release.