A convicted robber given a day off from prison didn’t come back for ten days after being “blackmailed”, a court heard.
Kristof Vanyai-White was allowed out of HMP Ford in Sussex for a supposed day release on July 18, Bristol Crown Court heard.
But having failed to return at 8pm he eventually handed himself in at Keynsham police station ten days later.
Vanyai-White, who is coming to the end of an eight-and-a-half year sentence for robbery, said he and his family had been threatened by other inmates.
The 31-year-old, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to being a temporary release prisoner unlawfully at large.
The recorder Mr Llewellyn Sellick jailed him for four months, to run extra to his existing prison term.
He told Vanyai-White: “You decided not to go back when given a day out.
“You were at large for ten days, you committed no offences, you were with family and you handed yourself in.”
Ieuan Callaghan, prosecuting, said Vanyai-White was given day release to visit family in the Bristol area.
Having failed to return he remained at large for ten days before handing himself in.
Matthew Comer, defending, said his client had complied with the prison regime and had been residing at HMP Ford.
Mr Comer said: “Whilst he was in prison he was personally threatened and his family was threatened.
“He was shown photographs from inmates of addresses where his family lived.
“He was asked to give a prisoner money.
“Essentially he was being blackmailed in prison.”
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