Five appear in court over hospital prisoner escape

Andrew Farndon a Highpoint prisoner who escaped while being taken to West Suffolk Hospital
Andrew Farndon a Highpoint prisoner who escaped while being taken to West Suffolk Hospital
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A VIOLENT criminal who escaped from prison guards at West Suffolk Hospital has appeared in court with four others.

Andrew Farndon, 26, had been taken to West Suffolk hospital from Highpoint Prison for treatment to a stab wound on Wednesday evening and escaped after a man with a gun approached and threatened the prison officers.

Farndon was serving an indefinite sentence for grievous bodily harm after fracturing his victim’s skull with a hammer.

On Friday night Strathclyde Police recaptured Farndon in New Cumnock and arested four others in connection with the escape.

All five appeared at Ayr Sheriff’s Court yesterday. Farndon was charged with firearms and road traffic offences. He, Alan Hornall, 23, of New Cumnock, Iain Legge, 16, from Maidens, were charged with breech of the Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 1995.

Hornall and Iain Legge are also charged with attempting to defeat the ends of justice, along with Gary Cowan, 43, from Peterborough, and Karen Legge, 44, from New Cumnock,

The five made no plea or declaration and were remanded in custody until February 7.