Daniel Gee sentenced after being caught on run

This was the moment Daniel Gee was arrested at what is understood to be a pub in Wigan
-Credit: (Image: Merseyside Police)

Former gang leader Daniel Gee who went on the run for a number of weeks has been sentenced to additional time in prison.

Gee, who turned his own estate into a 24 hour drug trading zone, absconded from Kirklevington Grange prison in North Yorkshire on May 27. The 44-year-old was finally apprehended by Merseyside Police officers in the Aspull area of Wigan on Tuesday, June 25.

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police, who had taken over the investigation from their counterparts on Merseyside, confirmed to the ECHO today that Gee was charged with being a temporarily released prisoner unlawfully at large. He was sentenced to four months concurrent to his Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentence at court on June 26.

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The IPP sentence - a prison term introduced in 2005 for serious crimes but abolished in 2012 after public pressure - was introduced for offenders considered particularly dangerous. The new sentence will mean Gee's likelihood of parole from his indeterminate sentence will be set back.

The ECHO heard this week from eyewitnesses in the Greater Manchester town that Gee had been buying a sandwich from an off licence next to the Kirkless Hall Inn pub when he was arrested. One man, who asked not to be named, said Gee had been seen a number of times in the area in the past week.

Daniel Gee smiling as he is arrested in Wigan on June, 25, 2024 after almost a month on the run
Daniel Gee smiling as he is arrested in Wigan on June, 25, 2024 after almost a month on the run -Credit:Merseyside Police

The man told the ECHO: "Yesterday he was buying a sandwich, he was chatting away then next minute the police came from nowhere. They must have known he was in the shop. He complied with officers as they told him to get on the ground. They hand cuffed him and he was smiling and laughing with them as he was led away."

The ECHO understands Gee has now been returned to prison. He was originally jailed on an indeterminate sentence for the public's protection in 2010 following his conviction for gun offences after he plotted to arm himself to take revenge against teenager Jamie Starkey. The courts heard he had plotted to arm himself after making death threats to 16-year-old gunman Starkey.

Gee was seriously injured after being shot by Starkey, which happened outside an Anfield pub in the early hours, with one of the bullets piercing his stomach and lung before going out his back. In a trial in October 2009, Gee was found guilty of two counts of threats to kill and another two of blackmail.

Jurors were unable to agree on the two more serious charges of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to possess firearms and ammunition. As his second trial was about to start, Gee, formerly of Maryport Close, Everton, admitted the second charge. Prosecutor Ian Unsworth KC said Gee’s desire for revenge “knew no bounds”.

The then Recorder of Liverpool, Judge Henry Globe KC, said: "I am in no doubt that the public must be protected from you in the future. I really do not know when it will be safe to release you."

The investigation into Gee's whereabouts was originally led by Cleveland Police - the local force to category D open prison Kirklevington Grange. The force released two CCTV images of Gee as part of their investigation, including one of him boarding a train from Darlington to Liverpool Lime Street.

Merseyside Police confirmed its detectives had taken over the investigation on June 20 as evidence appeared to show Gee had moved to the north west. The ECHO previously spoke with ex-Metropolitan Police officer Peter Bleksley, star of Channel 4's Hunted, who offered an insight into the mindset of Gee and the efforts that would be taken by investigators. He told the ECHO: "In terms of staying on the run, a fugitive needs a network.

"They need someone to feed them, house them, clothe them, transport them. If you are on your own you have to resort to crime to get money and that means you'll be more likely to come to the attention of the police. Being a fugitive on your own is virtually an impossibility. So many fugitives can't resist the pull of home.

"That's where they know they have an established network. It's their home territory. Liverpool being a port city also allows criminals the opportunity to flee to a number of places. He could have returned to Liverpool so his network could then get him out of the country."

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