Darren Gee shares moment Daniel Gee became 'big, strong and more disciplined' at secure unit

Daniel Gee (left) who ran the Grizedale estate with his brother Darren has absconded from prison
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Former gang member Darren Gee said his brother Daniel became "big, strong and more disciplined" at a secure unit for dangerous youngsters.

The Gees ran Everton's Grizedale estate in the 2000s, turning it into a round-the-clock drug trading zone deploying children as young as 12 to carry out their illicit business. While Darren has been out of prison for a number of years and is now an anti-knife campaigner and true-crime podcaster, Daniel has recently absconded from prison where he was serving an indeterminate sentence for gun offences.

The now 44-year-old absconded from Kirklevington Grange - a category D open prison - in Stockton-on-Tees on May 27. And last night CCTV footage was released of him the following day walking towards James Cook train station before boarding a service onto Middlesbrough.

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Speaking on an episode of Anything Goes with James English four years ago, Darren Gee shared the moment his brother became the man he is. He called his brother a "very volatile individual, more than most", and recalled a memory from when the pair were in Dyson Hall - a former facility that housed youngsters who had been involved in street crime as a juvenile.

Darren said: "We're in Dyson Hall, we end up smashing the cell. We're getting twisted up by these men. They can't deal with us so we get separated. They burst the room, six or seven of them, he's scraping but they manhandle him. They're battering him. He's 12 years old, they've took him away and put him in the secure unit.

"...Next time we saw each other was in HMP Altcourse. Danny went into the secure system, whilst he was there they couldn't control him, so they used their methods to manipulate and condition him to the way they wanted him to think. He rebelled. The only thing they could do was put him in the gym.

"Three times a week Danny was getting took to a gymnasium to calm him down. All that did was make him big, strong and more disciplined. The next time we saw him he had red hair down here, which is why we called him the Hulk. The next time I've seen him is in Altcourse, someone has stepped on one of our toes, we put him in the hospital and smashed the unit down.

"We were separated in the prison system from that day on. I've never been in a prison with Danny. What we did as young offenders we could never be in the same prison system because of how volatile we were."

When asked what had led and his brother to a life of violence, Darren added: "We've been put through a life of violent behaviour. In our house we were targeted by our dad. So we rebelled the most. We were tied to a belt, whipped with a belt, locked in a room. The rest never got this treatment. When we were getting locked in the room Danny is jumping on his back to stop him giving me a hiding."

Daniel Gee was jailed in 2010 after he planned to arm himself following death threats made to 16-year-old gunman Jamie Starkey. Gee was seriously injured after being shot by Starkey outside an Anfield pub in the early hours, with one bullet piercing his stomach and lung before exiting his back.

After the shooting, he was taken to hospital but refused treatment, despite being in severe pain and trauma following Starkey's "murderous and unprovoked" attack. In an October 2009 trial, Gee was found guilty of two counts of threats to kill and another two of blackmail.

The jury could not reach a decision on the more serious charges of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to possess firearms and ammunition. As his second trial was about to commence, Gee, formerly of Maryport Close, Everton, admitted the second charge. Prosecutor Ian Unsworth KC stated that Gee's thirst for revenge "knew no bounds".

Gee was given an indefinite prison term with a minimum of four years before his case could be reviewed by the parole board. This sentence was concurrent with the seven-and-a-half year sentence he was already serving for drugs offences.

Gee's barrister declared during trial that his client was "frankly terrified" at the prospect of an indeterminate sentence and had conspired to arm himself due to his fear of another run-in with the Starkey family. He posited that Gee had been marked because of his notorious family name and confided that his biggest dread was receiving an open-ended sentence because he worried he would never get out.

However, the then Recorder of Liverpool, Judge Henry Globe KC, rebutted: "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."

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