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25Being unlawfully at large while under sentence.F3N.I.

Every person who, having been sentenced to imprisonment, …F1 [F2 or ordered to be detained in a young offenders centre] is afterwards, and before the expiration of the term for which he was so sentenced, at large without some lawful excuse, the proof whereof shall lie on him, shall be guilty of an offence and shall on conviction thereof on indictment be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years.