Woman admits helping murderer after he escaped from Derbyshire prison

A 54-year-old woman has admitted helping a murderer after he escaped from a Derbyshire jail. Julie Archer has pleaded guilty to assisting an escaped prisoner. Stephen Archer, walked out of HMP Sudbury May 15, 2019 and a manhunt was launched. The now 52-year-old was arrested in Cheshire 11 days later.

Archer, who is believed to have links to Nottingham and Lancashire, was convicted of murder in 1993. No further details of how Julie Archer helped him were revealed during the five-minute hearing this week.

Archer, of Sousa Street, Maltby, Rotherham, appeared over a link into Derby Crown Court. Adjourning her sentence until May 9, Judge Shaun Smith QC said: “It may be me or it may not be me who sentences you and the fact that I am ordering a pre-sentence report and giving you bail is no indication of the sentence you will receive.

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“Custody in this case is very much a possibility but that is for the sentencing judge to decide once he or she has all the available information.”

Following Stephen Archer’s escape, Derbyshire police launched an appeal. In it, a force spokesman said: “We are attempting to trace Stephen Archer, who absconded from HMP Sudbury on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

“He is described as white, 5ft 10ins tall and of slight build. He has a shaved head, blue eyes and has a cross tattoo on the inside of his right forearm and a dagger tattoo on his left forearm. Archer is believed to have links to Suffolk, Nottingham, Lancashire and Lincolnshire.”

After his detainment on May 26, 2019, the police thanked members of the public. Many shared the appeal to locate him.