A CAREER criminal escaped from prison and burgled a house in Leeds while on the run for almost three months, a court heard.
Michael Sayers, 33, was handed a three year sentence yesterday after a court heard he stole computers when he ransacked a house on Scotland Lane, Horsforth.
Leeds Crown Court heard Sayers had 18 months left of a sentence imposed for robbery when he was transferred to Sudbury open prison, in Derbyshire. Philip Adam, prosecuting, said Sayers walked out of the jail on November 23 last year and failed to return.
Sayers, who is from the Gipton area of Leeds, returned to West Yorkshire and broke into the house on Scotland Lane on the evening of February 7 this year.
He searched bedrooms and emptied wardrobes and cupboards before taking computers and other electrical equipment.
Sayers was linked to the offence after he cut himself and left blood at the scene. He was arrested on February 15 on suspicion of assault and found in possession of drugs.
Sayers, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to escape and burglary.
The court heard he has served lengthy prison sentences for burglary and robbery. He was handed an 11-year sentence in 2003, after he launched a violent armed raid on a bookmakers.
Stephen Smithson, mitigating, said: “The defendant, who is now 33 years of age, has been in prison since he was 21. I don’t argue against any of the sentences that have been imposed, but it is a long time by any stretch of the imagination.”
Mr Smithson added: “He is fast getting to the stage where hope is turning to despair.”
Jailing Sayers, Recorder Gurdial Singh said: “Custody is inevitable - the only question is how long.”