Fugitive murder attempt mocks police by changing his Facebook profile picture to a gingerbread man and saying how ‘beautiful’ his photo is
- Michael Swansborough is wanted by police for recall to prison
- He was sentenced to an indefinite prison term for attempted murder in June 2009
- Fugitive threatened to screen ‘real life hunted on IG Live’ to ’embarrass’ police
- He changed his Facebook profile picture to a gingerbread man in the latest taunt
A fugitive murder attempt has taunted police by changing his Facebook profile picture to a gingerbread man and saying how “beautiful” his photo is.
Michael Swansborough, who is wanted for being recalled to prison, also threatened to ‘stream a real life Hunted on Instagram Live in reference to the Channel 4 show fugitives’.
Kent Police issued a public appeal on their social media last week as officers try to find their whereabouts.
However, Swansborough commented on the Facebook post of his own guard photo saying, “What a handsome guy.”
The comment received hundreds of likes, while the fugitive even had the audacity to like others’ replies.
Police say he has links to Ashford, Thanet and Canterbury.
But despite being on the run, Swansborough appears to be making little effort to keep a low profile.
He has now changed his Facebook profile picture to a gingerbread man, outfitted with a smiley face and a bow tie, in an apparent reference to his anthem “can’t catch me, I’m the snowman. gingerbread”.
In June 2009, Swansborough, then 19, was sentenced to an indefinite prison term after pleading guilty to the attempted murder of a teenager.
Michael Swansborough (pictured) is wanted by Kent Police for being recalled to prison
Swansborough custody photo released by Kent Police as part of a public appeal posted on social media last week. The fugitive commented on the post saying how “beautiful” he was
In his latest taunt at the police, Swansborough changed his profile picture to a gingerbread man in an apparent reference to his ‘can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man’ anthem.
Swansborough commented on a Kent Police Facebook post which included his mugshot, saying: ‘What a handsome chap’
He and an accomplice attacked his friend Lloyd Dawson Smith, who suffered a punctured lung and stab wounds to his back and shoulder, after a night out in Ashford, Kent, in 2008.
A judge ordered Swansborough to serve at least five years before being eligible for parole.
He said: ‘Undoubtedly you pose a significant risk of further breaches in the future.
But in a post on his Facebook last week, Swansborough threatened to ‘screen a real life Hunted on IG Live’ and ‘really embarrass’ police if officers continued to ‘go to random addresses’ asking for information about his comings and goings.
He also claimed his final ordeal was “water off a duck’s back my friends.”
A Kent Police spokesman said: ‘Michael Swansborough is wanted for being recalled to prison.
“If you know where he is, call 101 quoting 46/8715/22.
“You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or complete the online form available here.”