Criminal seen on the run in Rye jailed

Darryl Matthew Dempsey
Darryl Matthew Dempsey

A criminal who spent weeks evading police has finally ended up behind bars receiving a 44-month prison sentence for a string of offences.

Darryl Matthew Dempsey, 21, unemployed, of Beare Green, Dorking, Surrey, pleaded guilty to all charges against him at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday (September 20).

They included eight burglaries other than dwellings, six counts of fraud, handling stolen goods, driving while disqualified, dangerous driving and failing to stop for police.

In one incident while seeking to evade justice Dempsey, who also has links to East Sussex and was seen in Rye while on the run, drove off-road and onto the South Downs before abandoning a 4x4 vehicle in Friston Forest.

He managed to escape on that occasion but was eventually arrested in Surrey on August 15, after which he was remanded in custody.

Inspector Tony Wakefield, of the Wealden Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We’re delighted with this result.

“Three years eight months may seem slightly lenient to some people, considering the number of charges against Dempsey.

“But the judge made it clear in his summing up that if Dempsey appears before the court again he could expect a custodial sentence running into double figures. So, a pretty severe warning.”

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