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Jailbird blogger back in prison
Prison bars
Damji was convicted of fraud
The daughter of a millionaire property tycoon who kept a blog of the days she was on the run from prison, is back behind bars.

Entries made on the online diary led police to Farah Damji's hide-out at a hotel in Plymouth, Devon, five days after she went missing.

Damji, 40, was released from Downview Prison in Sutton, south-west London, on 22 July to attend a course in London.

She was jailed for stealing a credit card and fraudulently spending 50,000.

Damji was serving three-and-a-half years after being found guilty at Blackfriars Crown Court in October 2005 of dishonesty and perverting the course of justice.

I had my freedom taken away so my son hardly knows me anymore
Blog entry by Farah Damji

Her freedom ended when a national newspaper tipped off police as to her whereabouts, which they had discovered with the help of her blog.

She was arrested at midnight on 27 July and gave officers a temporary address in Paignton, thought to be that of a friend.

Damji began keeping a blog on the myspace website after failing to return from an Open University tutorial.

Major misunderstanding

In one message she wrote: "I had my freedom taken away so my son hardly knows me anymore... If I can stop this happening to just one other woman.. then I have achieved something in my life.

"Women should not go to prison."

Another entry read: "Seems I am the cause for great consternation because I have apparently 'absconded'.

Damji, whose father is South African-based property developer Amir Damji, claimed the whole situation was a major misunderstanding.

The mother-of-two was the subject of gossip columns in 2003 when alleged claims of her affairs with a Guardian newspaper executive and writer William Dalrymple became public.

A Prison Service spokesman said Damji was back in jail but would not confirm where.


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