September 23, 2021 5.13 pm

Prisoner jailed again after threats to burn down police station in a killing spree

He has 39 previous convictions to his name

A prison inmate threatened to kill his probation officer and go on a killing spree, Lincoln Crown Court was told on Thursday.

Damon Lane made the threats while discussing arrangements for his release from Lincoln jail.

Lane also threatened to burn down a police station when he was released.

Eunice Opare-Addo, prosecuting, said that Lane made the threats while talking to a probation officer at the prison.

“He went into various issues he had with getting accommodation.

“He talked of going on a killing spree in Leicester city centre and of taking the life of his probation officer. He also made threats to set fire to a police station.”

Miss Opare-Addo said that two hours later Lane made further similar threats to another probation officer.

“He said he was going to stab his probation officer and that he was going to go on a killing spree. He made reference to the Plymouth shootings and said ‘That guy got it right’.”

The court was told that Lane had 39 previous convictions for a total of 76 offences.

Damon Lane, 36, currently a serving prisoner, originally from the Leicester area, admitted two charges of making threats to kill on August 16 of this year. He was jailed for 14 months.

Karen Walton, in mitigation, said Lane expressed his apology for what he did.

“He has been homeless since he was 16. Accommodation problems are often the reason he ends up back in prison. It is very frustrating for him.”

Miss Walton said that while in custody, Lane has stopped taking drugs and when he is released hopes to take up a place with a charity in Oxford which runs a project designed to give work and accommodation to people leaving prison.

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