Bedhampton man who gave refuge to escaped prisoner is spared jail

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Martyn Yates, 28, helped Ashley Green after he texted him to say he was ‘running from the old bill.’

He was found guilty of assisting Green after he absconded from Ford open prison in Arundel, West Sussex with intent to prevent, hinder or ingterfere with him being returned to prison following a trial.

Now he has been sentenced to six months in prison suspended for a year at Portsmouth Crown Court.

He was ordered to pay £750 in court costs and £80 to a fund for victims of crime.

The court heard that Yates and Green met at Camp Hill prison on the Isle of Wight in 2009 where they were both serving jail sentences.

Yates, of Scratchface Lane, Bedhampton, said during evidence they had not kept in touch after he was released, apart from brief exchanges on social networking website Facebook.

The pair were snared on May 22 after Green sent a text message to Yates and he said the escaped prisoner could stay at his mother’s home where he was living at the time.

The court heard that police found the pair after going to a property in Swanmore Road, Havant at about 9.40pm that evening.

On entering the property officers saw there were a number of people, including Yates and Green, who were then arrested.

Police seized a mobile phone from Grene and also found a mobile phone belonging to Yates which was charging up at the property.

The phones were analysed and messages between the pair were discovered.

The court heard that one from Green to Yates sent after Yates asked him what he was up to, read ‘Running from the old bill, need somewhere to go’.

Yates’ reply read ‘You can stay at mine bud I won’t tell my mum you’re on the run lol’.