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Sister of Pentonville escapee Matthew Baker charged with harbouring him

Published 11/11/2016

James Whitlock is still being sought by police (PA/Metropolitan Police)
James Whitlock is still being sought by police (PA/Metropolitan Police)

The sister of a man convicted of attempted murder has appeared in court accused of harbouring him and buying him hair dye to change his appearance after he broke out of Pentonville prison.

Kelly Baker, 21, was arrested at her home in Ilford, east London, on Wednesday night after Matthew Baker, 28, who broke his leg during the escape, was found there hiding under a bed, having spent three days on the run.

Baker used bed linen to get onto the roof of the prison with cellmate James Whitlock, 31, who is still being sought by police.

His sister allegedly bought black dye, which her brother used to disguise his ginger hair.

She appeared in custody at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court on Friday charged with assisting an offender and harbouring a prisoner between November 6 and 10.

District judge Jill Allison bailed her to appear at Blackfriars Crown Court on December 9.

She must report to Ilford police station three times a week and was banned from contacting Matthew Baker.

Baker, w earing a grey hoodie and jeans, thanked the district judge as she left the dock.

Matthew Baker was found guilty of attempted murder in October after stabbing a man and was due to be sentenced on Friday.

Scotland Yard launched a manhunt for him and Whitlock after their escape was discovered shortly before midday on Monday.

A 33-year-old man who was also arrested for assisting an offender has been released on bail to return to an east London police station on a date in December, police said.

On Thursday, officers arrested a second woman, aged 24, at an address in Bow, London, on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Scotland Yard said she remains in custody at an east London police station.

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