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Pregnant pause for escaped inmate
Castle Huntly
Gary Stephen absconded from Castle Huntly open prison
A prisoner who went on the run to see his girlfriend, who he had not met for six months, turned up to discover she was four months pregnant.

Gary Stephen realised partner Tracy Miller was pregnant with another man's child before he phoned police and asked to taken back to the jail.

The 35-year-old, from Kirkcaldy, Fife, admitted absconding from Castle Huntly prison, near Dundee, on 19 November.

At Perth Sheriff Court, Stephen had 20 days added to his sentence.

'Back to prison'

Solicitor Paul Ralph, defending, told the court that Stephen had only been at the open prison for little over a week when he absconded after he had trouble getting in touch with his now ex-partner.

He said: "He did find his now ex-partner. She opened the door and he saw she was about four months pregnant. He had some idea then why he could not get hold of her.

"He left and went back to where he had been staying and phoned the police to come and get him and take him back to prison."

Sheriff Michael Fletcher heard that Stephen was sent to prison for four-and-a-half years in July 2004 for a series of housebreaking offences.

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