Tayside and Central Scotland

Absconder Brian Traynor given extra prison sentence

Brian Traynor

A prisoner who went missing from a jail in Tayside has been jailed for a further four months

Brian Traynor, 37, failed to return to HMP Castle Huntly on Wednesday after a temporary period of leave.

He was later found in the Cumbernauld area.

Perth Sheriff Court was told that when challenged, Traynor gave police a false name but it was the same alias he had used previously.

Depute fiscal Lisa Marshall told the court that Traynor was released on a temporary licence for seven days of home leave from 19 October.

'No explanation'

The fiscal said: "He failed to appear at the bus station in Glasgow at 12.45 on 26 October and police were notified.

"Just before 23:00, police on mobile patrol in Cumbernauld had their attention drawn to the accused standing at a bus stop.

"He was asked for his details and initially gave the wrong name, but the right date of birth.

"Checks were made and it was an alias he had used before."

The court was told that Traynor, who is serving a sentence for assault and robbery, had offered no explanation for absconding.

Sheriff William Wood told Traynor: "You know how precarious your liberty is.

"It was a choice you took, not to return for the bus.

"People in your position have to be deterred from absconding."