David Bieber: Leeds cop killer’s ‘escape bid’ legal claim thrown out

David Bieber.
David Bieber.
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POLICE killer David Bieber has failed in his bid to sue prison authorities over the way they handled a sudden jail switch when they received an alert that he was planning another escape.

The 45-year-old, who shot PC Ian Broadhurst on Boxing Day 2003, lost his High Court application for a judicial review.

Bieber, who claimed legal aid, was whisked from Full Sutton Prison, near York, by helicopter, to London’s Belmarsh in August last year following a tip-off that an escape bid was imminent. Both jails are category A, housing the most serious criminals.

Officers later checked through seven bags of documents in his cell, which the American claimed was unlawful. He argued he should have been present when his privileged legal documents were searched. His legal team argued his papers should have been bagged and sifted in his presence.

Bieber, a former US Marine, is still pursuing another claim against the prison authorities, challenging his “exceptional escape risk” status. In 2008 he was told by the High Court he would not have to serve a whole life term, but it would be 37 years before he could be considered for parole.

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