Kieron Jenkins, 30, fled a hospital barefoot after the officers who were supposed to be guarding him left him alone in a side room
Police let a violent criminal escape in a pair of green pyjamas after he tricked them into bringing him coffee and biscuits.
Kieron Jenkins, 30, fled a hospital barefoot after the officers who were supposed to be guarding him left him alone in a side room.
Hours earlier he had been arrested for handling stolen goods and biting a police officer following a chase on foot.
A court heard he was transferred to hospital after there were concerns for his mental health and two officers were sent to guard his room.
But he managed to flee when he asked one policeman to fetch him a cup of coffee and moments later the other left to get him biscuits. Red-faced police were forced to issue an appeal to the public, warning them not to approach Jenkins following his escape last month.
A police helicopter was also scrambled to search for the criminal, who was finally discovered at his home address – three miles away – three days later.
Jenkins, from Coventry, was jailed for 14 months on Friday after he admitted handling stolen property, assaulting an officer and escaping from custody. Sentencing him at Warwick Crown Court, Judge Barry Berlin told him: ‘In a room at the hospital you asked officers for a coffee and biscuits.
The crook was taken into custody before being transferred to University Hospital Coventry (pictured) for a mental health assessment
‘That was plainly a ruse and you made your escape in green pyjamas.’ The court heard Jenkins was caught selling a laptop which had been stolen in a burglary on a house in Coventry in March.
On June 12, officers on patrol in the city saw Jenkins, who was on licence and was wanted on recall to prison for receiving the stolen laptop.
There was a chase, during which he tried to climb a fence. Brought down by one of the officers, Jenkins bit him on the arm. The crook was then taken into custody before being transferred to University Hospital Coventry for a mental health assessment.
Prosecutor Stuart Clarkson said: ‘He was being guarded by officers, and he asked for a coffee and a biscuit. They went to get one, and he took the opportunity of leaving the room and making off.
‘Even though he was still in green pyjamas, they lost him, but some days later they attended his address and arrested him.’ The court heard Jenkins had a number of previous convictions for offences including handling stolen goods.
David Murray, defending, said: ‘He asked one officer for a cup of coffee, and that officer left, and he then asked the other officer for a packet of biscuits. That officer left as well. He then took the opportunity to leave. It wasn’t planned.’