Man Changes Identity And Flees Prison

Posted By Ben Goulding, 12 July, 2009 | permalink

A man charged with assault escaped from an English prison on Friday after switching his identity with his brother’s.

Simon Maclellan who was on remand at Winchester Prison, walked out when he pretended to be his twin brother who was being held at the same prison for a less serious offense.

Officers only discovered a few hours later that they were holding the wrong man.

Police have arrested a 27 year old man, charged with aiding Maclellan’s escape. Although the man was not named, he is presumably the brother.

An act of genius or a future ‘World’s Dumbest Criminals’ segment? You decide.

[Via Scotsman]

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