Thug who has spent four decades be­hind bars

Scottish Daily Mail - - Life -

CHARLES Bron­son was first locked up for seven years for an armed rob­bery that net­ted him just £26, at the age of 22 in 1974.

In his four decades inside he has at­tacked more than 20 prison guards and other in­mates, taken hostages in at least ten prison sieges and cost the tax­payer hun­dreds of thou­sands of pounds in dam­age.

He also served por­tions of his sen­tence in se­cure hos­pi­tals, in­clud­ing Broad­moor in Berk­shire, where he staged his first roof top protest in 1982. A fit­ness fa­natic, he was even­tu­ally re­leased in 1987 and be­gan a ca­reer in il­le­gal bare knuckle box­ing in London’s East End.

But he was free for just 69 days be­fore be­ing re­turned to jail for rob­bing a jew­ellery shop for a ring for his then girl­friend.

He pleaded guilty to armed rob­bery in June 1988 and was jailed for seven years. He was re­leased again in Novem­ber 1992 but in Septem­ber 1993 he was found guilty of con­spir­acy to rob and pos­ses­sion of a shot­gun, for which he re­ceived an­other eight years.

He was sub­se­quently handed a dis­cre­tionary life sen­tence with a three-year min­i­mum tar­iff for kid­nap­ping Phil Daniel­son, a prison art teacher, in 1999. Bron­son kept him ‘leashed like a dog’ for al­most two days af­ter he crit­i­cised one of the con­vict’s draw­ings.

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