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Conman on the run from Castle Huntly prison just days before release

A conman serving a six-year sentence went on the run from prison just days before he was due to be freed.

Kenneth Tait, 47, went awol for three weeks while out of Castle Huntly prison on home leave.

Perth Sheriff Court heard he sat in an Edinburgh park for days on end before being found.

Tait had been jailed for conning vulnerable women out of £155,000. Sentence was deferred for a report from the jail's governor.

Defence lawyer Billy Somerville told the court Tait was afraid to return to Castle Huntly after failing to carry out instructions from another prisoner.

He said: "It is the oddest case. He sat in a park in Edinburgh and days just passed by. He had a release date for a few days later.

"If he had stuck it out for a couple of days, he would be free by now."

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