I worked with Daniel Khalife in prison kitchen – he told me he would be famous & kept checking himself out in mirror | The Sun

A PRISONER who worked with Daniel Khalife said the "odd sausage" escaped terror suspect told him "he was going be famous".

Chris Jones was in the same kitchen at HMP Wandsworth where the 21-year-old plotted his audacious jail break.

He said Khalife was brought in as a vulnerable prisoner to work alongside other inmates.

Jones, who left the prison after seven months on remand when he acquitted, said the terror suspect "seemed like an odd sausage".

He told the BBC: "One lunchtime he came in saying that he was going be famous. I told him: 'I think you've got on the wrong bus, mate.'

"He would come to work with a comb and mirror constantly checking his appearance, although I can't say I thought much of it."

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Jones said Khalife, who escaped strapped to the bottom of a food truck, unloaded lorry deliveries at the Category B jail.

He told how inmates used to "joke" about jumping in the lorry and driving off with it when it arrived to drop off supplies.

But he said there was always a swarm of security surrounding the truck so he was "surprised" Khalife actually made it.

Jones added: "Having said this, many mistakes were made all the time, all down to staffing issues.

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"One time we were put on lockdown because there was an inmate missing, but it turned out that he had been released the day before but it hadn't been correctly registered.

"So in that sense, I'm not surprised that someone slipped up, or that they didn't have enough people to staff the kitchen, and that he took his chance to unload the truck and vanish underneath the lorry."

Khalife hid under the food delivery truck to make his escape while working in the prison kitchen on Wednesday morning.

He fled in a chef's uniform of a white T-shirt, red and white chequered trousers and brown steel toecap boots.

The terror suspect thought to have used makeshift straps to attach himself to the truck as it was waved out of the notorious lock-up.

A huge manhunt has been launched for Khalife with security checks taking place at UK airports and ports.

There have been no confirmed sightings of the terror suspect since he was declared missing.

Khalife was being held on remand at Wandsworth prison and was due to stand trial on November 20.

The ex-squaddie, who was attached to the Royal Signal Corps before being discharged, is accused of leaving fake bombs at an RAF base in January.

He vanished for more than three weeks after the bomb hoax before being arrested on January 26.

Another charge, under the Official Secrets Act, alleges Khalife collected personal information about soldiers from an MoD computer system that could be useful to an enemy.

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Anyone who sees Khalife has been urged to call 999 immediately.

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