Convicted paedophile who scales the wall of prison like Spiderman is given an extra 16 months behind bars
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A convicted paedophile, who scaled a wall in 26 seconds “like Spiderman” admitted he escaped prison to get people interested in him.
The 52 year old broke out by running ahead of a group being escorted from the gym and climbing the prison wall.
Gintautas Urbonas was less than a year into a 12-year sentence for the attempted rape of a child and child abduction.
He had been working out at the gym and was being escorted back to his wing when he jogged ahead of the group.
CCTV footage shows him scale the prison wall of HMP Peterborough “like Spiderman”, according to a police statement.
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He climbed a closed gated door, up a pipe onto a light, over a razor wire onto a satellite dish which had pigeon spikes on it, and then onto the roof of the prison – taking him just 26 seconds.
He then went along the roof, down onto a lower wall and dropped to the ground before running off through the staff car park.
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Detective Constable Rob Sansom said: “The pressure that was applied through the manhunt for Urbonas left him no choice but to hand himself in.
“I would like to thank members of the public who got behind our appeal to locate Urbonas. The widespread coverage of his manhunt ensured it was not long before he was back behind bars.”
A manhunt was launched by police after the jail break on January 26. It took two days before Urbonas was captured following an anonymous call to police stating he was at a house in Newark Avenue, Peterborough.
When he was arrested Urbonas told officers it was him who had contacted them.
Urbonas said he had been thinking about escaping for a while, and how he could attract the attention of the courts or police to the fact he had been jailed for 12 years.
He got hand towels from the gym and made them into a short rope to help him scale the wall. He didn’t know if he would be successful in escaping but took a chance.
Urbonas told officers he tried to get hold of some ‘associates’ but couldn’t, so the next day wanted to go back to prison.
He said he had no intention of staying out and had no plans to leave the country, he just wanted to “get people interested” in him.
Urbonas pleaded guilty and was sentenced to an extra 16 months in prison.
It will be eight years before he is eligible for parole.