The Accidental Tourist

He really didn’t mean to escape…it just sort of happened

An inmate who was discovered outside the walls of an open prison claimed he had escaped from the jail by accident.
William Whitson, 34, said he had no intention of absconding from Castle Huntly, near Dundee, and was simply running away from another inmate.
He was shown mercy by a sheriff after the court heard he was still wandering around near the prison two hours later.
Whitson had an extra three months added to his sentence, compared to the usual eight months for absconders.

One has to wonder how “minimum security” a facility this is where he could run away from another inmate and not be noticed by a guard.
I love this classic bit of understatement by his solicitor

“He accepts, with the benefit of hindsight, that it might have been better to report the matter to the prison authorities.”


2 Responses to “The Accidental Tourist”

  1. Julie says:

    “Open prison”? Isn’t that an oxymoron, like “jumbo shrimp”, or “country music”?

  2. ricki says:

    What were they doing? Using an “invisible fence” they forgot to turn on that day, or something?

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