Knifeman released from prison years early after jail term recorded incorrectly

Police search for knifeman released from prison years early after jail term was recorded incorrectly

Police are searching for Ralston Dodd (Stock image)

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

A police manhunt is in progress after a prisoner convicted of a near-fatal knife attack was accidentally released just months into his nine-year sentence.

Ralston Dodd was released because his term was recorded incorrectly and it appears that he has now gone into hiding.

Dodd, who is said to be "extremely dangerous", was jailed for nearly stabbing someone to death outside the offices of Islington Council last September.

He stabbed a 21-year-old in the back three times and pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm with intent, according to Sky News.

The victim has now made a full recovery but when Dodd was sentenced police said the attack was "appalling," adding "the seriousness of this offence is reflected in the extensive prison sentence."

Reports claim Dodd's victim has spotted him in a car since he was released from HMP Thameside, London.

The father of his victim has told The Sun: "This is an unacceptable blunder by [prison authorities]. He got nine years for stabbing my son three times.

"He could have died. I held my son and thought he was going to die. How can this happen without anyone noticing?"

The Ministry of Justice has claimed the mistake is "extremely rare" and that the police are "pursuing the offender."

Anyone who knows anything about Dodd's whereabouts has been asked to call Islington police on 101.