Three charged over ‘escape from custody’ at Canterbury Crown Court

Canterbury Crown Court Image By DS Pugh, CC BY-SA 2.0,

Arrests and charges have been made in connection with a man fleeing the dock at Canterbury Crown Court.

Lewis Guess, 26, is accused of escaping custody during a hearing on Thursday 4 April.

Officers carried out enquiries into his whereabouts and a police appeal to find him was issued. He was arrested at a property in Herne Bay on Wednesday 10 April.

Mr Guess, of Chandos Square, Broadstairs, has since been charged with escaping from lawful custody and possession of cannabis.

Two other men have also been charged with assisting Mr Guess including Matthew Guess, 45, also of Chandos Square, who is alleged to have purchased a SIM card as well as arranged transportation, food and housing.

Billy Barfoot, 38, of Reculver Road, Herne Bay, is alleged to have transported and housed the defendant.

Lewis Guess has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court today (April 11).

Matthew Guess and Mr Barfoot have both been bailed to attend the same court on Thursday 25 April.


  1. Not a Herne Bay local – but incoming rubbish.Tip of the iceberg, so many more there and to come into area .

  2. Well done to Plod for tracking him down and nailing his conspirators.

    ”If you can’t do the time – don’t do the crime”.

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