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Further jail term for open prison absconder Scott Power

Castle Huntly
Image caption Scott Power claimed other prisoners were "making his life a misery"

A sex offender who absconded from Castle Huntly open prison for less than five hours has been jailed for a further four months.

Scott Power was serving nine years for a serious sexual assault when he was released from the prison near Dundee to go to Bellshill for the day.

He failed to return to Castle Huntly after an unescorted social work meeting on Wednesday.

Perth Sheriff Court was told he later handed himself in to police.

The court was told that the four-month jail term will run alongside Power's current sentence, but he will be refused parole and will spend another year behind bars.

Depute fiscal Robbie Brown told the court: "His required return time was 4pm.

"By about 7pm he was reported as an absconder. At 8.45pm he was seen outside Perth police station and was arrested."

Power admitted attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

Unable to cope

He was jailed for nine years at the High Court in 2004, with a further six-year extended sentence.

He was recalled from early release on that in 2012 after picking up a drugs conviction.

Solicitor Paul Ralph, defending, said: "He has just not been able to cope in Castle Huntly.

"Other prisoners are on at him, making his life a misery.

"He left yesterday morning with the intention of coming back on time.

"He went to the social work appointment. He went to Dundee, Edinburgh, Bellshill, Glasgow and Stirling.

"He couldn't face going back.

"His thinking was that this gets him out of Castle Huntly and back into the mainstream.

"He'll now be in for at least another year."

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