Notorious Strangeways inmate David Charlton is free again

David Charlton, of Washignton, has been freed from Strangeways.
David Charlton, of Washignton, has been freed from Strangeways.
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A FOUL-MOUTHED inmate who found fame on a TV documentary looking at life behind bars has been freed.

David Charlton, from Washington, rose to fame after appearing on an ITV show about Manchester prison Strangeways last year.

Prison staff described him as notoriously hard to handle and he was seen continually threatening workers, refusing to wash and soiling himself in his cell.

After the show was screened, Charlton quickly became an internet sensation, with 150,000 people following him on Facebook and hundreds of thousands viewing his bad behaviour on YouTube.

Charlton, 41, has now been freed from prison after appearing in court having spent 388 days in Strangeways on remand.

As he walked free, Judge Robert Atherton told Charlton: “I have no hope that your behaviour will improve.”

Charlton, a former Washington civil servant, admitted two racially-aggravated public order offences and racially aggravated harassment.

Manchester magistrates heard how he had terrorised a female staff member at Manchester Metropolitan University when he was studying there.

Between October 2009 and May 2010, he rang the victim up to 40 times a day, racially abusing her.

He was also sentenced for racially abusing two nurses at Manchester Royal Infirmary and a police officer.

During two previous court appearances, Charlton launched foul-mouthed tirades at judges but this time stared silently at the floor and nodded as he was sentenced to 20 months.

But he was told because of the time already served in prison, he would be able to walk free.

Judge Atherton told him: “There has been nothing demonstrated to me so far that there is any remorse by you for what you have done.”

The Echo first reported on Charlton in 2008 when he was given a restraining order and a 12-week prison sentence for sending abusive messages to a family of homing pigeon enthusiasts.

Charlton, who then lived in Tatham Street, Hendon, admitted causing harassment to Allan Hindhaugh, chairman of the Celtic Homing Club, in Washington, his wife Hilda and son Darren.

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