Thursday, August 30, 2012
Brendan Ryan a Escaped prisoner who went on the run for four months was living with his mother - and claiming £71 per week in benefits in his OWN Name
Brendan Ryan went back to his mother’s in Boscobel Crescent, Wolverhampton, after absconding from an open prison where he was serving time for arson and threatening to kill a woman.
The 27-year-old appeared at Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court on Friday for separate drugs offences and for assaulting two police officers.
The court heard how officers only caught up with him while investigating a robbery which Ryan wasn’t involved in.
The amount he claimed was not disclosed in court, but the rate for a single person aged 25 and over can be as high as £71 a week.
Although not said in court - if he had been claiming £71 a week for four months the figure could have been more than £1,000.
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