‘Maniac’ driver serving life sentence for killing dinner girl absconds from open jail

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A “maniac” driver who was jailed for all times for mowing down and killing a college dinner girl has absconded from an open jail.

Alan Paul Metal had a string of driving convictions, together with harmful driving and driving whereas disqualified, earlier than ploughing into 32-year-old Paula Stead in September 2006.

The killer additionally drove into her 11-year-old daughter Bridie and her cousin’s 10-year-old daughter Danica Inexperienced, who later needed to have her proper leg amputated under the knee.

Metal, 41, beforehand of Sunderland, was handed an indefinite sentence for public safety after admitting inflicting loss of life by harmful driving, driving whereas disqualified and a string of associated motoring offences.

However on Tuesday he left HMP Sudbury in Derbyshire at round 1.15am and has not been seen since.

‘ A whole menace to the group’

Derbyshire Police mentioned Metal is white, 6ft tall, clear shaven and with brown hair and inexperienced eyes. They appealed for anybody who thinks they could have seen him, or believes they know the place he’s, to contact them.

When Metal was sentenced for inflicting the loss of life of Ms Stead, the sentencing decide at Newcastle Crown Courtroom in January 2007 described him as “a completely amoral particular person with no regard for others….an entire menace to the group.”

She mentioned it was “as dangerous a case of inflicting loss of life by harmful driving that it has ever been my misfortune to come back throughout”.

The courtroom heard that police mentioned he had been “driving like a maniac”.

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