Manhunt underway for gangster who's absconded from UK prison

Daniel Gee
-Credit: (Image: Cleveland Police)

A manhunt is underway for a notorious gangster who's absconded from an English prison. Police are on the lookout for Daniel Gee who escaped custody earlier this week.

The 44-year-old fled from Kirklevington Prison in North Yorkshire on Monday, May 27. The prison is an open air category D facility, reports LiverpoolEcho.

He was jailed for an indefinite period after a secret probe caught him conspiring to buy guns and threatening to kill a teenager who in 2008 had shot him during a confrontation on New Year's Day. Gee was also a leading gang member which 'turned a Merseyside estate into an open air drug market' said to operate 24-hours.

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Investigations into Gee's disappearance are being led by Cleveland Police. A spokesperson for Cleveland Police said: "Daniel is described as a white male, large build, around 6ft tall and bald.

"He was last seen wearing a black jumper, black Adidas bottoms with a white stripe down each leg and black trainers. He was carrying a yellow JD Sports bag. He is believed to have links to the North Yorkshire area including Whitby, Carlisle, St Helens and Merseyside."

The force added: "Anyone who may have seen Daniel Gee or may know his current whereabouts is asked to call Cleveland Police on 101, quoting reference number 098852."

Gee's status was confirmed last night by the Ministry of Justice. A spokesperson for the Prison Service said: "All prisoners in Category D prisons are robustly risk-assessed and absconds are rare. Offenders who break the rules are punished and face extra time behind bars and we are working with the police to recapture this prisoner."

An abscond is an escape that does not involve overcoming a physical security restraint. According to the Prison and Probation Service, Category D prisons have minimal security and allow eligible prisoners to spend most of their day away from the prison on licence to carry out work, education or for other resettlement purposes. If an offender fails in an open prison, they are not permitted to return to an open prison for at least two years.

Gee was jailed after he plotted to arm himself after making death threats to a 16-year-old gunman. Gee was seriously injured after being shot, 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.

He was taken to hospital after the shooting but refused treatment, but was described to be in severe amounts of pain and trauma after the "unprovoked" attack. In a trial in October 2009, Gee was found guilty of two counts of threats to kill and another two of blackmail.

Gee, formerly of Maryport Close, Everton, admitted conspiracy to possess firearms and ammunition. Prosecutor Ian Unsworth KC said Gee’s desire for revenge “knew no bounds”.

Gee was handed an indefinite prison sentence and was ordered to serve a minimum of four years behind bars before his case would be considered by the parole board. The sentence ran at the same time as the seven-and-a-half year sentence he was serving for drugs offences.

Gee's barrister argued during his trial that his client was "frankly terrified" at the thought of an indeterminate sentence and he had only conspired to arm himself because he feared another confrontation. He claimed Gee had been targeted because of his underworld family name and revealed his greatest fear was receiving an indefinite sentence because he believed he would never be released.

But 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."