Ryan Byrne: prisoner released by mistake has broken no laws
Ryan Byrne, 34, is an idiot. We know this because after being mistakenly freed from jail he has taken to posting pictures of himself on the web. Photos include one of him stood by a police van in what looks like London’s West End.
Byrne was found guilty of robbing £3,800 from a branch of Boots the chemists in Ruislip, West London, in 2007. He was sentenced to nine years prison.
He should still be behind bars. But he was released by mistake from Wandsworth Prison, South West London. He’s an idiot. But he’s still managed to remain one step ahead of the justice system.
One common reason for mistaken early release is prison officials failing to calculate sentence and time served.
Whatever Bryne’s mental capacity, he’s brighter than the people locking him up.
A “source” tell the Sun:
“Byrne was sitting in his cell having a cigarette last Wednesday when he was told he was free to leave. He couldn’t believe it.
“But he didn’t protest and has been enjoying his freedom. It’s not his fault they let him out early. It’s hugely embarrassing for the Prison Service. What if he goes and commits another violent crime?”
The HM Prison Service spokesman responds:
“Releases in error are very rare but regrettable occurrences. The number of incidents have fallen significantly in recent years with figures down by a quarter compared to 2009/10, but every incident is taken extremely seriously and we are not complacent. The recapture of this prisoner is now a matter for the police.”
If the justice system let him go, you could wonder what Byrne has done wrong? The law states:
Currently, it is not a separate offence to remain unlawfully at large following a recall to custody. If no other offence is committed by an offender who has failed to return to custody, they can only be required to serve the outstanding part of their original sentence. There is no legal power to detain them beyond the end of the requirements of that sentence – unless they are prosecuted and imprisoned for another offence.
Byrne should now turn himself in and consider his release a little holiday.