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Castle Huntly absconder James Boyle given extra jail time

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Image caption James Boyle was caught two weeks after failing to return to the prison

A prisoner who bragged on social media about being on the run has been jailed for an additional 16 months.

James Boyle initially claimed he could not go back to Castle Huntly open prison near Dundee because he had a bout of food poisoning.

Boyle, who was serving eight years for attempted murder, posted photos of his nights out in Glasgow on Instagram after absconding.

The 24-year-old was caught two weeks after failing to return to the prison.

Boyle, from Clydebank, admitted being on the run from 8 to 21 February after being allowed out of Castle Huntly for a week-long temporary home leave on 1 February.

He failed to appear at Buchanan Street bus station in Glasgow for pick-up on 8 February and phoned Castle Huntly to claim he had food poisoning.

He was eventually found in a friend's flat in Govan on 21 February.

'Incredibly stupid'

While he was on the run, Police Scotland issued a warning to the public not to approach Boyle because of the potential danger he posed.

Solicitor Kenny Clark, defending, said Boyle had heard that his victim had been planning revenge and he felt that he would be "a sitting duck" if he turned up at the bus station in Glasgow.

"That was as far as his plans went," Mr Clark said. "This was by no means a sophisticated or Machiavellian plot.

"He buried his head in the sand. He accepts he phoned the prison and trotted out a story about food poisoning.

"He realises he has been incredibly stupid.

"It was an act of complete folly on his part and it was only a matter of time before the police traced him."

Sheriff Gillian Wade said: "You had been released out on licence very many times and knew clearly what the rules were.

"It will be a matter of great disappointment to you that you will now spend a considerably greater period in custody."

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