Shane Todd *File photo
Shane Todd *File photo

FRIDAY, AUGUST 10: A sex offender with a history of violent crime who did a runner while on a prison work release programme will face charges.

Prisons Commissioner Lt. Col. Edward Lamb confirmed yesterday that Shane Todd, who broke the honour system while working on a farm in June, would appear in court.

Col. Lamb said: “Charges are pending for Mr Todd.”

The missing inmate sparked a major police hunt after he failed to report back to the Prison Farm on Friday, July 29.

Todd, 36, spent nine days on the run before being recaptured by police in Hamilton Parish after a tip-off from a member of the public.

He was convicted of a 2004 sex assault on a 17-year-old girl while she tried to protect her disabled aunt after he broke into their Paget home at Supreme Court in 2005.

The court heard that, an hour after the Paget attack, he threw a 61-year-old woman down the stairs of her Warwick home after tricking his way into the house.

He ended up in a violent struggle with two elderly women who were visiting his victim and later led police on a high-speed chase which ended in Hamilton Parish after he hit another car and smashed into a wall.

Todd was jailed for a total of 15 years.

Supreme Court heard that Todd, who pleaded guilty to the charges, was a paranoid schizophrenic and a drug addict who had been on an opiates binge for eight days before the terrifying attacks.

Then-Chief Justice Richard Ground, who ordered that Todd be treated for his mental disorder while behind bars, said it was only a matter of luck that his victims had not been more seriously injured.

‘Low risk’

Todd was classified as a low risk prisoner and suitable for a work release placement to prepare him for a life outside prison. He was due to have been considered for release in 2015.

The high-profile incident sparked a review of work placement in the prison system by Attorney General and Minister for Justice Kim Wilson – and a spokeswoman confirmed that electronic tagging of inmates working outside the prison was being considered.

Col. Lamb stressed that the abscondment was “a very rare incident” in a programme that had been successful in preparing long-term inmates to rejoin society as smoothly as possible and cut down on the risk of reoffending.

He added: “The success of the programme is directly related to the robustness and thoroughness of the selection process for eligible inmates.”