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Jail botch-up sees killer go AWOL

THE father of body-in-the-lodge victim Sajjad Mahmood has slammed the prison service after his son's killer went AWOL for 10 days.

James Butler, 26, received a 10-year jail sentence in 1999 after admitting the manslaughter of 18-year-old Sajjad at a house in Persia Street, Accrington.

However, prison bosses were left red-faced last week when Butler failed to return to Kirklevington Grange Prison in Cleveland after he was allowed to visit his family for the day.

A national manhunt was launched but Butler, whose family still live in the Accrington area, gave himself up at Preston Prison on Tuesday morning.

Mr Arshad Mahmood, of Charter Street, Accrington, has blasted prison chiefs over the blunder.

He said: "Butler shouldn't have been let out in the first place. I just can't understand it.

"He has abused the system and caused us all a lot of stress.

"We were shocked when we found out. His parole is coming up soon but they should stop it. He doesn't seem to regret what he did. He doesn't seem sorry at all."