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Couple Stuck On Each Other Become Unglued

February 16, 1989

DURHAM, England (AP) _ A convict and his girlfriend united their palms to protest the man’s robbery conviction and stuck together for 21 hours.

Jeremiah Miller, 30, used an instant-bonding glue to affix his right hand to the left hand of Maria Birchall, 25, when she visited him at Frankland Prison on Tuesday.

Miller’s attorney, Peter Edwards, said his client wanted to publicize his claim of innocence of the robbery charge that led to a 15-year sentence at Liverpool Crown Court two years ago.

Edwards said Miller told him by telephone from the warden’s office that the couple, having received the publicity they wanted, separated themselves within a few minutes using soap and water.

He said there was no intervention by prison officials, who had been talking to the couple since they glued themselves togther at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The lawyer said prison staff treated Miss Birchall ″extremely well,″ making her as comfortable as possible during the protest and giving her train fare back to Liverpool when it was over.

A prison statement said warden Alistair Papps would consider what disciplinary steps to take against Miller.

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