‘Scarborough slasher’ was found in wardrobe

Scarborough Magistrates Court.Picture Richard Ponter 140109
Scarborough Magistrates Court.Picture Richard Ponter 140109

Police found ‘Scarborough slasher’ Damien Burns hiding in a wardrobe, after the dangerous fugitive walked out of his minimum security jail.

The revelation came to light as the violent offender was hauled before Scarborough Magistrates after he was captured in Wykeham Street, after police warned the public that he could return home.

Damien Burns

Damien Burns

North Yorkshire Police say his capture was merely a ‘lucky find’, after carrying out enquiries around the town.

He appeared in court on the afternoon of May 22, the day after his arrest.

And body builder Burns, 39, got his wish of being sent back to a tougher jail, after he absconded from his Category D Doncaster Jail.

Hulking Burns appeared in court and towered over the male and female security staff who removed his handcuffs for the five minute hearing.

Dressed in jeans and t-shirt, he spoke only to confirm his name, address and age and to shout to friends: “Tell my mum I’ll be all right.”

He was ordered to appear before York Crown Court on June 6 and remanded to category C Hull Prison.

Nick Tubbs, defending, did not apply for bail and the bench directed Burns be remanded on a charge of escaping from custody.

Burns and fellow inmate Dean Jackson, 27, were at large for two days after walking out of Hatfield category D Jail in Doncaster on Monday.

Burns was arrested at a property in Scarborough by North Yorkshire Police officers at around 5.40pm on Wednesday.

He was questioned by police yesterday morning about what happened and transported to the cells at Scarborough Magistrates Court for the five minute hearing.

Dubbed The Scarborough Slasher, Burns, was serving an indeterminate sentence for slashing a teenager across the face

Despite a history of violence which includes convictions for robbery, wounding with intent and conspiracy to steal motor vehicles, Burns was able to walk out the South Yorkshire open prison with Dean Jackson - who was on remand awaiting sentence for theft offences.

Dean Jackson, from Newcastle upon Tyne, was tracked down in Durham on Wednesday evening and arrested.

Justice secretary Chris Grayling announced that prisoners with a history of absconding will no longer be placed in open prisons hours after the escapes.