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| December 12, 2018

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Fugitive spotted in Brighton following jail evasion

Cavan Halley

Sussex Police have today asked the public to aid them in their efforts in detaining 30-year-old Jerome Anicet. The public are however warned not to approach him as he may be dangerous. Anicet is wanted by the probation service after breaching his release license and is now wanted back in prison.

The 30-year-old who has been sighted in Brighton had been released last month part way through his five-and-a-half-month sentence which had been given to him back in May.

Anicet was sentenced to 24 weeks in Jail for multiple offences committed during a ten-day rampage back in April this year. He was sentenced to 12 weeks for tormenting staff and patients at Brighton’s Royal Sussex County Hospital’s A&E department.

Anicet reportedly stormed into A&E screaming: “I’m going to kill you. I’m going to get a gun. I’m going to blow this place up.”

Jerome Anicet - On the run.

Jerome Anicet – On the run.

He was also handed an additional 12 week sentence for being drunk and disorderly at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath. Furthermore he was to serve a concurrent 12-week prison sentence for a report of drunk and disorderly behaviour in Brighton as well as a four week concurrent sentence for two separate incidents of bilking (making off without payment).

When Anicet was jailed in May the District Judge Christopher James explained the offence had been of such severity that those in the two hospitals had genuinely feared for their welfare. Both offences in the hospitals were committed whilst the convict was spending time out of prison on license and therefore breached a court order.

Sussex Police said yesterday (Wednesday 27 July): “Police in Mid Sussex and Brighton are searching for Jerome Anicet, who is wanted for recall to prison.

“Anicet is of mixed race, 5ft 11in, of stocky build with a shaven head, brown eyes and stubble. He is wanted by the Probation Service for return to prison having breached the terms of his release licence.

“He had been released in June this year part way through a five-and-a-half month sentence for common assault imposed at Brighton Magistrates’ Court in May.

“He has family in Haywards Heath but has been seen in Brighton since the prison recall was issued.

“Anyone who sees Anicet or knows where he may be is asked not to approach him but to contact the police via 999 or 101.”

Anyone with information can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.


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