British man breaks out of jail to avoid listening to hip-hop

Robert Stevens wanted to escape the "loud rap music" that was being played "day and night."
By Evan Bleier   |   April 24, 2014 at 10:41 AM   |   Comments

GLOUCESTERSHIRE, England, April 24 (UPI) -- A British burglar busted out of jail because he was sick of listening to the "loud rap music" that was being played "day and night."

Robert Stevens, who was serving a 6 1/2-year sentence for commercial robbery, climbed over the wall at HMP Leyhill prison in Gloucestershire and headed for the hills.

He was on the loose for 20 days before being picked up, the South Cotswolds Gazette reported.

"He was in a very noisy wing where rap music was being played day and night," defense lawyer Jamie Porter told Dorchester Crown Court. “Stevens has apologized for his behavior. It was an impulsive act on his part. It is quite clear he does not wish to commit any more crimes.”

The 58-year-old has 21 convictions for 45 offenses over the course of four decades.

Stevens had ten months added to his existing sentence for the escape.

“The reason for your escape has been explained to me as your unhappiness at people who were with you in prison,” Judge Roger Jarvis said in court. “Those who escape from prison have to be sentenced in a way that is a deterrent to other prisoners. I’m afraid that’s one of the prices people pay if they commit crimes and go to prison.”

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