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Escapee caught in South Africa

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: August 13, 2014

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A drug dealing ostrich farmer conman who escaped from Erlestoke Prison in Wiltshire and went on the run for three years is heading back to Britain after being caught in South Africa.

Martin Evans, 52, once won a Young Businessman of the Year award in his native Wales, but turned to a life of crime after his double glazing business failed in the early 1990s.

He swindled almost a million pounds from investors in an ostrich farm in south Wales, was caught and arrested, but jumped bail and fled to Spain where he became the mastermind behind a drug smuggling industry.

He was eventually caught there and brought back to Britain, where he was jailed for 21 years for his crimes in 2006.

By 2011, Evans was at Erlestoke Prison, near Westbury in west Wiltshire, and disappeared on a weekend release trip.

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