Derek Brockwell was such a danger to society that the British courts finally threw the book at him. Twenty-two life sentences, served concurrently, were handed down.
He made his living in bank robbery, but he threatened the tellers and the customers with a gun in the process. Not the sort of person you'd want to see on the street.
You'd think you'd be safe from the possibility of being shot dead by Mr. Brockwell while he helped himself to the bank's cash, but a life sentence is England isn't quite so severe as it sounds.
Mr. Brockwell wasn't doing hard time. He was put in Kirkham Prison where he was expected to be trustworthy. He was released during the day to go to work, but who would have guessed that a man with a penchant for armed robbery would not return?
And that the very day he went missing, another bank was robbed by an armed raider?
Last Thursday, Mr. Brockwell was featured on a BBC programme of the country's most wanted, but he was busy in Ireland and missed watching his story told on TV. He was robbing a bank in Blackrock, you see, doing his usual job with his gun.
Working abroad has its drawbacks. In the case of Derek Brockwell, he didn't know his way around and making a decent escape wasn't a simple matter. He tried to flee in a taxi, but traffic in Dublin is a nightmare and the gardai caught up to him in no time.
He'll be sent back to England soon, to finish serving his twenty-two life sentences.
Although he won't go back to his dormitory cot at Kirkham Prison. He'll just ruin the statistics on recidivism rates and no one wants the British public questioning the way certain prisons are run.