On-the-run killer back behind bars in Doncaster

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A killer who absconded from prison in Doncaster has been tracked down.

Michael Robson, aged 44, who is serving a prison sentence for manslaughter, absconded from Hatfield open prison on Thursday, July 16.

The North Shields man was jailed 20 years ago for stabbing a 25-year-old friend to death while high on drink and drugs.

Robson, who was 25 at the time of the killing, used the same kitchen knife to slash open his own sister’s face.

He then went on the run and was not arrested until two weeks after the attack.

At his trial it was claimed he had been suffering a mental disorder triggered by depression and grief at the loss of four close family members.

He was jailed for life after being found guilty of murder and wounding with intent but in 2006 the murder conviction was overturned by the Court of Appeal and reduced to manslaughter.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Michael Robson, 44, who is serving a prison sentence for manslaughter, has been detained in custody.

“Robson, who left Hatfield Prison on Thursday, was detained by officers in West Yorkshire.”