A CONVICTED armed robber who was arrested in Swansea after absconding from prison and going on the run has appeared in court — followed by a man accused of harbouring him.
Swansea Magistrates' Court heard that Carlton Blackwell, formerly of Emlyn Road, Mayhill, had absconded from an open prison in the north of England, on June 15.
The 30-year-old was arrested by South Wales Police in Swansea on Tuesday night, June 26.
He was charged with unlawfully escaping custody — as well as an additional charge of a dwelling house burglary.
As a serving prisoner, he was remanded in custody until a Crown Court appearance later this week.
Following his appearance, Adrian Dark, of Trewyddfa Road in Morriston, was brought into the dock.
The 42-year-old pleaded not guilty to harbouring Blackwell, knowing that he had absconded, between June 20 and 26.
A bail application for Dark was opposed by prosecutor Sharon Anderson, who told the court he was a drug user, and there were grounds to believe he would continue to fund his habit.
But following submissions by Giles Hayes, representing Dark, an application was granted.
Chair of magistrates Paetham Baran granted conditional bail, and told Dark he would have an electronic curfew, and remaining at his home in Trewyddfa Road between the hours of 9pm and 7am
He was also told he would have to report to Swansea Central Police Station on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
In addition, he was told he could not contact Carlton Blackwell by any means, including electronically.
Both men are due to appear at Swansea Crown Court on Friday, July 5.