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Dagenham man has jail sentence increased for escaping from Pentoville prison

PUBLISHED: 12:33 19 June 2017

Matthew Baker has been sentenced to a further 30 months. Picture: Met Police

Matthew Baker has been sentenced to a further 30 months. Picture: Met Police

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A prisoner from Dagenham has had further time added to his jail sentence after he escaped from Pentoville prison by sawing through a metal bar and clambering over the roof.

James Whitlock has been jailed for 24 months. Picture: MET POLICE James Whitlock has been jailed for 24 months. Picture: MET POLICE

Matthew Baker was serving a minimum term of 10 years and had a string of convictions for violent offences including assaulting a police officer before he escaped last November.

The 29-year-old went on the run with prolific burglar James Whitlock, 32, with staff not realising they had escaped until 15 hours after they were last seen.

Baker was found two days later hiding under a bed at his sister Kelly’s home in Ilford with dyed hair.

Last week, he was jailed for 30 months and Whitlock 24 months.

Chelsea Gibson (left) and Kelly Baker will be sentenced on July 3. Pictures: MET POLICE Chelsea Gibson (left) and Kelly Baker will be sentenced on July 3. Pictures: MET POLICE

Both will serve their terms consecutively with their current prison sentences.

Baker’s girlfriend Chelsea Gibson, 25, from Bow, pleaded guilty to assisting an escaped prisoner.

Kelly Baker admitted harbouring an escaped prisoner.

Both women will be sentenced on July 3.

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