April 2020

Teenager who tried to escape from police custody while in hospital is jailed

A teenager who tried to escape from police custody while in hospital has been sent to prison.

Connor Scott David Jones had subjected a police officer, nurses and patients at the Wrexham Maelor Hospital to the “most foul and repeated abuse” during the incident on December 21 last year.

The 18-year-old, of Stratford Close, Acton, Wrexham, admitted the offence of trying to escape from custody when he appeared via videolink from prison at Mold Crown Court.

He also admitted charges of possessing a machete last May and abducting a child at the end of January this year.

Jailing him for a total of 20 months Judge Niclas Parry said: “This was a very bad three months in your life and you committed what were, on the face of it, very serious offences.

“While on a court order you became involved in a confrontation with a weapon that could have developed into something far, far more serious.

“Then, what I consider to be the most serious of the three offences namely the attempt to escape from custody. That is because of the most appalling behaviour that you displayed in the presence, not only of the police officers who may be hardened but nurses looking after ill people and patients waiting to be seen. They were subjected to the most foul and repeated abuse.

“While on bail you committed the third offence of child abduction.”

Referring to the latter the judge commented it was not the most serious offence.

“What you did was to lure a boy not far from your age to go out.

“There was no suggestion you were going to do anything to him or harm him but sometimes protection orders are made to protect 15-year-olds from themselves and if they won’t listen to what their guardian says then the court has to intervene,” he added

The judge noted Jones was only 17 when he had the machete in his possession.

“You dropped it almost immediately. It wasn’t brandished and the incident soon developed into a verbal argument,” he said.