Greggor Gray fled HMP Sudbury in Derbyshire in mid-May. During his time on the run, he first called his local paper to moan about jail before now appearing on The Chop Shop podcast
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An escaped prisoner who has been on the run for weeks has reappeared – in a podcast on YouTube.
Greggor Gray fled HMP Sudbury in Derbyshire in mid-May before phoning his local newspaper to complain about his time behind bars.
Gray has been serving 17 years for robbery but appeared on an episode of a Birmingham podcast yesterday The Chop Shop on YouTube.
Speaking to the podcast’s hosts, Gray said: “Right now you have a man on the run talking to you. I’m not hiding from anyone, my name is Greggor Grey.”
He joked with the hosts about being a fugitive and running away “three weeks and a day ago”. Gray said he decided to escape prison because of the “heartbreak” and “injustice” of his incarceration.
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He said that he cried himself to sleep every night during his detention.
“The judge gave me four years and 17 years later I’m in there wondering how long before they send me home?” He continued.
He went on to describe the robbery that led to his imprisonment shortly after his son’s birth. He said he stripped a man and took his car.
“Hands up, I committed the crime, I’ll finish the time”.
It was reported that Gray’s initial sentence was four years.
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However, he remained in jail because he was sentenced to serve a public protection (IPP) term, he said.
Gray broke down in tears as he described his predicament and how he spent decades behind bars.
IPPs were introduced in 2005, but the policy was scrapped in 2012 and described by a former Supreme Court judge as the “biggest single stain” on the criminal justice system.
But the decision was not applied retrospectively to those like Grey.
“Understand where the anger and frustration comes from, from a place where you don’t know what’s going on,” Gray added on the podcast.
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He added: “Forgive me if I behave in a way that is not normal because this is not normal.
“On the one hand, you tell me to do the courses [in prison] to put up with you I didn’t leave them anything to say he didn’t and everyone knows how I move now is exactly how I move.
“How do I tell my kids I’ll check on them soon when they’re 17? Two boys. I haven’t known anything about her all her life.”
He went on to tell the host how he still saw his mother as a younger woman from the early 2000s, but speaking of her, he said he realized how old she’d become.
Gray said he’s served nine parole boards and is technically on one this Monday as well. He said he didn’t think he would get that either.
Described as an “indefinite sentence for serious offenders,” the IPP penalty means offenders must serve a minimum sentence before they can apply for release from a parole board.
But the board would only authorize the perpetrator’s release if they believe the perpetrator is “reasonably safe”.
On May 21, Gray called BirminghamLive complaining about his time in prison and saying he plans to return to prison for his next parole hearing on June 14.
He told the news site: “We have been in prison for 17 years. It’s driving me crazy.
“I thought about just giving them [his parole hearing] the raw unedited emotion I deal with on a daily basis.”
A Derbyshire Police spokesman said: “Officers are continuing to investigate to locate Greggor Gray who escaped from Sudbury Open Prison on May 16.
“Anyone who sees him or knows of his whereabouts is urged to contact Derbyshire Police immediately and refrain from approaching him.”
In an earlier statement, Derbyshire Police said of the escaped convict: “We are asking for information after a convict escaped from HMP Sudbury.
“Greggor Gray left the open prison on Sunday May 15th. The 42-year-old, who is serving a life sentence for robbery, is described as black, 5ft 11in tall and of stocky build.
“He is known for using the aliases Moses Blake, McGreggor Gray and Marcus Osbourne and has ties to the Leicester and Birmingham areas.
“Anyone who has seen him or knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact Derbyshire Police on reference number 688-150522. If you see Grey, please do not approach him but contact the police immediately.”
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