Killer on run from Gwent prison a ‘danger to society’

South Wales Argus: PRISONER: Christopher Woodward absconded from HMP Prescoed PRISONER: Christopher Woodward absconded from HMP Prescoed

A CONVICTED killer on the run from a Gwent prison was described as a ‘danger to society’ when he was given a life sentence for killing his partner almost 15 years ago.

Gwent Police are appealing for information to help locate 44-year-old Christopher Woodward who absconded from HMP Prescoed at around 8.44am on Friday, January 17. Specialist search officers and the air support unit are currently searching for him but so far there have been no reported sightings.

Yesterday the Argus reported Monmouthshire MP David Davies was calling on the prison service to ‘think carefully’ about who is put into open prisons.

But the Argus can now reveal Woodward was initially convicted of murder, before appealing and having it reduced to manslaughter.

Woodward was initially convicted of the murder of partner Jo-Ann Noble, 21, at Lincoln Crown Court in July 2000.

In December 2001 he had the conviction reduced to manslaughter and was given a new life sentence by the Court of Appeal.

At that time, Lord Justice Kennedy said Woodward was “a danger to society, especially women”.

The appeal court heard Woodward killed Jo-Ann after they argued on a night out on August 9, 1999.

The court heard Woodward wrapped Jo-Ann’s body in a duvet and left it in her bedroom for a week.

A Gwent Police spokesman said: “We understand the concerns members of the public may have since Christopher Woodward absconded from HMP Prescoed on Friday, January 17.

“Since he absconded Gwent Police has been working closely with the prison authorities with a view of locating him.

“There may be a potential risk to the public due to the fact that he is no longer in the custody of the prison service.”

Woodward is described as being white, 5ft 10 inches tall and of medium build. He was clean shaven but may now have stubble growth, short cropped brown hair and blue eyes. He was wearing blue jeans, blue shoes and a black bomber jacket.

If anyone sees him they are advised not to approach him but to call police on 101 quoting log 68 17/01/14.

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9:10pm Mon 20 Jan 14

spanner100 says...

Convicted Murderer in an "OPEN PRISON"!!. What the devil are the powers to be thinking of/.
Convicted Murderer in an "OPEN PRISON"!!. What the devil are the powers to be thinking of/. spanner100

10:11pm Mon 20 Jan 14

nodnyl says...

Call 101 dont they think 999 more use!
Call 101 dont they think 999 more use! nodnyl

10:20pm Mon 20 Jan 14

kittylou87 says...

Fancy telling us which Gwent prison? You know, seeings as he's a murderer and all that......just so we know to not bother stepping outside what with this and that gang member being dumped here....
Fancy telling us which Gwent prison? You know, seeings as he's a murderer and all that......just so we know to not bother stepping outside what with this and that gang member being dumped here.... kittylou87

10:35pm Mon 20 Jan 14

ziggar says...

WTF do they keep putting these killers in an open prison ?

open prisons were originally supposed to be for low risk prisoners - NOT high risk violent killers

surely theres a moron somewhere that needs to be held accountable for this?
WTF do they keep putting these killers in an open prison ? open prisons were originally supposed to be for low risk prisoners - NOT high risk violent killers surely theres a moron somewhere that needs to be held accountable for this? ziggar

8:18am Tue 21 Jan 14

Dolieboy says...

I assume there will be some resignations, redundancies over this ?
I assume there will be some resignations, redundancies over this ? Dolieboy

8:26am Tue 21 Jan 14

county mad says...

HMP Leaky sieve or Prescoed asit is officially known. Yet another absconder this is the driver for opposition to a prison in Cwmbran and the 800 jobs that went with it.
HMP Leaky sieve or Prescoed asit is officially known. Yet another absconder this is the driver for opposition to a prison in Cwmbran and the 800 jobs that went with it. county mad

9:50am Tue 21 Jan 14

Mervyn James says...

It's time Prescoed was shut down, nearly half the prisoners there have just walked out with impunity, a number putting us at serious risk. One has to ask HOW they are evaluated as 'safe' and put in what is a very 'OPEN' prison, that to all intents and purposes isn't a prison at all and they can come and go at will. This suggests it is s hotel to me, not a prison,a nd the evaluation of who is and who isn't safe is pants..
It's time Prescoed was shut down, nearly half the prisoners there have just walked out with impunity, a number putting us at serious risk. One has to ask HOW they are evaluated as 'safe' and put in what is a very 'OPEN' prison, that to all intents and purposes isn't a prison at all and they can come and go at will. This suggests it is s hotel to me, not a prison,a nd the evaluation of who is and who isn't safe is pants.. Mervyn James

11:06am Tue 21 Jan 14

spanner100 says...

Dolieboy wrote:
I assume there will be some resignations, redundancies over this ?
I suspect the complete reverse..."Promotion
s" will take place as normal!.
[quote][p][bold]Dolieboy[/bold] wrote: I assume there will be some resignations, redundancies over this ?[/p][/quote]I suspect the complete reverse..."Promotion s" will take place as normal!. spanner100

12:38pm Tue 21 Jan 14

juicy.lucy says...

who the hell puts a murderer in an open prison?1
who the hell puts a murderer in an open prison?1 juicy.lucy

12:51pm Tue 21 Jan 14

KARENBUCK says...

What are these people thinking of, putting a murderer in an open prison!!!!!!!!!!!!
What are these people thinking of, putting a murderer in an open prison!!!!!!!!!!!! KARENBUCK

12:39am Wed 22 Jan 14

dont claim to be nice says...

The person is a **** if he has to run like a kid from an OPEN prison ! There again he only assaults women, when you have the likes of MR JONES bring chocolate options in for the " boys " its babies that run from usk open. Bring back borstal and lets see this " big hard **** " then !
The person is a **** if he has to run like a kid from an OPEN prison ! There again he only assaults women, when you have the likes of MR JONES bring chocolate options in for the " boys " its babies that run from usk open. Bring back borstal and lets see this " big hard **** " then ! dont claim to be nice

12:44am Wed 22 Jan 14

dont claim to be nice says...

dont claim to be nice wrote:
The person is a **** if he has to run like a kid from an OPEN prison ! There again he only assaults women, when you have the likes of MR JONES bring chocolate options in for the " boys " its babies that run from usk open. Bring back borstal and lets see this " big hard **** " then !
You think this is bad google LAYHILL just over the seven bridge " also open " but its full of nonce's and people at the end of life sentences, what people dont see is that males rape eachother in layhill and kept quiet, it has a bus stop right outside its gates which is a massive worry.
They should be locked away and not in open do as they like jails, blow any rights as they should have none being scum of the earth
[quote][p][bold]dont claim to be nice[/bold] wrote: The person is a **** if he has to run like a kid from an OPEN prison ! There again he only assaults women, when you have the likes of MR JONES bring chocolate options in for the " boys " its babies that run from usk open. Bring back borstal and lets see this " big hard **** " then ![/p][/quote]You think this is bad google LAYHILL just over the seven bridge " also open " but its full of nonce's and people at the end of life sentences, what people dont see is that males rape eachother in layhill and kept quiet, it has a bus stop right outside its gates which is a massive worry. They should be locked away and not in open do as they like jails, blow any rights as they should have none being scum of the earth dont claim to be nice

11:36am Wed 22 Jan 14

evans07 says...

yes i argree why is he in an open prison he should be locked up 24 / 7 for his crime of murder
yes i argree why is he in an open prison he should be locked up 24 / 7 for his crime of murder evans07

1:59pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Cymru Am Beth says...

spanner100 wrote:
Convicted Murderer in an "OPEN PRISON"!!. What the devil are the powers to be thinking of/.
It's a b*****y joke.
They don't care about the safety of the public.
Something terrible is going to happen soon, if one of these scumbags is challenged by an unsuspecting member of the public.
Why aren't these pond life banged up on Flatholme or Steepholme, away from populated areas?
[quote][p][bold]spanner100[/bold] wrote: Convicted Murderer in an "OPEN PRISON"!!. What the devil are the powers to be thinking of/.[/p][/quote]It's a b*****y joke. They don't care about the safety of the public. Something terrible is going to happen soon, if one of these scumbags is challenged by an unsuspecting member of the public. Why aren't these pond life banged up on Flatholme or Steepholme, away from populated areas? Cymru Am Beth

2:00pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Cymru Am Beth says...

Dolieboy wrote:
I assume there will be some resignations, redundancies over this ?
I very much doubt it, happens all the time.
[quote][p][bold]Dolieboy[/bold] wrote: I assume there will be some resignations, redundancies over this ?[/p][/quote]I very much doubt it, happens all the time. Cymru Am Beth

6:10pm Wed 22 Jan 14

spanner100 says...

Cymru Am Beth wrote:
Dolieboy wrote:
I assume there will be some resignations, redundancies over this ?
I very much doubt it, happens all the time.
As usual only "PROMOTIONS".
[quote][p][bold]Cymru Am Beth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dolieboy[/bold] wrote: I assume there will be some resignations, redundancies over this ?[/p][/quote]I very much doubt it, happens all the time.[/p][/quote]As usual only "PROMOTIONS". spanner100

6:45pm Thu 23 Jan 14

bugsy93 says...

Sounds like Group 4 is running this prison.
Sounds like Group 4 is running this prison. bugsy93

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