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Convict On The Run For 14 Years Jailed

Friday 15th August 2014
A 34-year-old man who spent 14 years on the run has been sent back to prison.

Thomas McDonagh 
Thomas McDonagh, who went on the run after failing to return to prison when the licence he had been let out on was revoked, has been sent back to jail.

McDonagh, 34-years-old, was re-captured by police in March in relation to a spate of robberies in south London. Last Friday he was sentenced to another four years and six months for absconding from prison, robbery and attempted robbery.

The first robbery was of a man who had responded to an ad on Gumtree asking for a “man and a van” to do some removal work. When the victim went to meet the person who posted the ad he was attacked with CS spray and his van was stolen. 

A few days later a second person reported that, after responding to a Gumtree ad, they were attacked with CS spray before the suspect attemped to steel their van.

Police were able to trace the IP address of the person posting the adverts to Amblecote Road, Lewisham. When they searched the property, police found McDonagh hiding underneath a pillow in a bedroom claiming he was someone else, before finally coming clean with his real name.

DC Steph Pow said: ”Far from trying to disguise himself or create a new life for himself, McDonagh continued to commit more offences whist on the run and thought when he was caught he could give us a false name. I hope this sends out a very strong message to anyone who thinks they have got away with it that they will be caught.”