The Courier-Mail

Joyrider on run

- AMY PRICE

A TEENAGER jailed for rid­ing in Bronco Dar­ius Boyd’s stolen lux­ury Audi has walked out of a low-se­cu­rity prison just weeks af­ter be­ing sen­tenced to 18 months’ de­ten­tion.

Po­lice were last night hunt­ing for Hay­ley Gillespie, 19, (pic­tured) and fel­low in­mate Mary Brim­ble, also 19, af­ter the pair dis­ap­peared from their Gold Coast hin­ter­land prison farm yesterday af­ter­noon.

De­signed to en­cour­age self­di­rected re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, the Nu­min­bah fa­cil­ity doesn’t have perime­ter walls or wire.

Gillespie bought Boyd’s stolen Audi, worth $78,000, for a small quan­tity of drugs, us­ing it and two other high-end ve­hi­cles for rides.

Yesterday, she and Brim­ble walked out of the low-se­cu­rity prison and got into a car. Brim­ble is serv­ing a 22month sen­tence for rob­bery with ac­tual vi­o­lence and oc­ca­sion­ing or ac­tual bod­ily harm.

When a prison head­count was con­ducted hours later, of­fi­cers raised the alarm. Re­gional duty of­fi­cer Jim Plow­man said it was un­clear whether the pair were still to­gether.

“We’ll be knock­ing on a few doors and an in­ves­ti­ga­tion is un­der way,” he said.

Gillespie pleaded guilty to 57 charges at Pine Rivers Mag­is­trates Court on Au­gust 21, in­clud­ing un­law­fully us­ing three lux­ury cars, driv­ing dan­ger­ously, evad­ing po­lice, steal­ing num­ber plates and de­fraud­ing shops dur­ing a five-month crime spree.

Boyd did not want to com­ment on Gillespie’s es­cape last night but said the car had not been re­turned and he had claimed the theft on his in­sur­ance.

Po­lice de­scribed Brim­ble as hav­ing tat­toos on her right arm, in­clud­ing the words “Ma­reeba Baby Jug­galette”.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should con­tact Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

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