South East Wales

Prisoner admits absconding from Prescoed

Wyndham Thomas
Image caption Wyndham Richard Thomas was serving a life sentence for murder

A man who sparked a police appeal has pleaded guilty to absconding from a Monmouthshire prison.

Wyndham Richard Thomas, 33, admitted at Newport Crown Court absconding from HMP Prescoed.

He had been serving a life sentence for the murder of taxi driver Christopher Williams in Maesteg in 1997.

A judge sentenced him to 10 months' imprisonment - to run concurrently with his life sentence.

The hearing took place on Thursday.

Thomas, from Croeserw, Neath Port Talbot, was arrested in Caerphilly on Friday, 24 September.

Thomas was convicted of murder and burglary in 1998, along with two others, Alan Naylor and Christopher Chislett, who together had been breaking into a house at Nantyffyllon near Maesteg in July 1997.

Mr Williams was fatally stabbed in the heart after he confronted the trio when he returned to find them burgling his house.

His fiancée and their young daughter were both asleep in the house at the time.

Mr Williams, called a "decent and brave young man" by the trial judge, had chased the men down the road and was killed during a fight with Chislett and Naylor.

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