An MP has today blasted the decision to house a violent armed robber dubbed ‘the Skull Cracker’ in an open prison as ‘disgraceful’ after the prisoner went missing when he was temporarily released.
Michael Wheatley, 55, who was handed 13 life sentences at the Old Bailey in 2002, has failed to return to HMP Standford Hill open prison on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent Police said.
Violent Wheatley raided 13 building societies and banks over 10 months in 2001 and 2002 while on parole from a 27-year sentence for other robberies.
The average for a standard moider in the UK is about 7 years. To add a score to that you have to have done something seriously bad – in this case a lot of seriously bad things. Now, in Prague I once saw an oubliette. That would about fit Mr Wheatley, permanently. Indeed you have to get a name like “Skull Cracker”. God alone knows what they thought about letting him loose. I mean what could possibly go wrong?