Goudhurst prison absconders jailed for Sevenoaks robbery

Horsley and Tester Image copyright Kent Police
Image caption Horsley and Tester carried out a knifepoint robbery the day after they absconded

Two men who carried out a knifepoint robbery after absconding from an open prison have been sent back to jail.

Sean Horsley, 25, and Shaine Tester, 45, failed to attend a roll call at HMP Blantyre House in Goudhurst, Kent, last July.

The next day, they robbed a woman of £250 in cash and handbags in Sevenoaks.

At Maidstone Crown Court, both admitted a series of charges. Tester was jailed for six years and one month and Horsley for six years and nine months.

They pleaded guilty to escaping lawful custody, robbery, possessing an imitation firearm with a schedule one offence of robbery, having a bladed article in a public place, and possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Knife recovered

Kent Police said the pair got on a train after the robbery and officers caught them at Tonbridge railway station with a bag containing an imitation sawn-off shotgun.

Horsley surrendered to police as an officer drew his Taser, and Tester made off but was caught, police said.

A knife was recovered from bushes nearby.

Det Con Gabriel Chandler said: "Within a short space of time, Horsley and Tester committed a number of very serious offences, which would inevitably see them returned to prison for a long time."

He said their freedom after absconding was very short-lived as they were quickly arrested and returned to custody where they would remain for some considerable time.

Image caption The two men failed to attend a roll call at HMP Blantyre House, last July

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