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Inmate serving a life sentence escapes from prison and stabs chef at pub before fleeing with bottle of alcohol

By Mason White 4:42 PM December 22, 2014
Paul Frankou 

By: Mahesh Sarin
An inmate, who was serving a life sentence, was arrested, charged and convicted of assault after escaping from prison and stabbing a chef at a pub, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.

Now, the prisoner was sentenced to serve an additional 7 years in jail after going on the run and attacking the chef with a knife at an East Herts pub.

According to the police investigation, 49-year-old Paul Frankou left Salah Touati, with permanent scars to his hands when he confronted him late at night at the Sow and Pigs pub in Thundridge, near Ware.

He demanded money, but got away with just a bottle of alcohol. He was also accused of causing thousands of dollars worth of damage, the St. Albans Crown Court heard.

Frankou was serving a life sentence for attempted robbery and firearms offenses when he walked out of the Hollesley Bay jail in Woodbridge, Suffolk.

Prosecutor Helen Guest said that just after midnight, he broke into the Sow and Pigs pub. Surveillance video from the pub showed how Frankou brandishing a knife in front of Touati, who was upstairs.

He demanded money and during a struggle, the chef suffered cuts to his hands. Blood left at the scene linked Frankou to the break-in and he was arrested while driving a stolen Ford Focus.

Frankou appeared for sentencing after having pleaded guilty to escape, handling stolen goods and aggravated burglary. He also pleaded guilty to driving with no insurance and driving a vehicle taken without consent.

Frankou was sentenced to a total of 7 years in prison. He was also banned from driving for 18 months.