Bali jail es­capee taunts po­lice

The West Australian - - NEWS -

WA fugi­tive Shaun David­son has again taunted po­lice on so­cial me­dia, more than a year af­ter break­ing out of Bali’s Ker­obokan prison.

David­son, 34, is one of four for­eign pris­on­ers who made a risky dash for free­dom by bur­row­ing a tun­nel 15m un­der the walls of the jail on June 19 last year.

He has also gone on to be­come a so­cial me­dia sen­sa­tion, thanks to a se­ries of Face­book posts in which he taunts his would-be cap­tors with com­ments such as: “Run run as fast as you can can’t catch me I’m the gin­ger­bread man.”

He has also mocked up wanted and movie posters.

In a Face­book post, David­son checked in to the Gold Coast, adding the cap­tion: “Hello gold coast.”

It was mu­sic to the ears of his thou­sands of fol­low­ers with some urg­ing him to keep run­ning.

“Cheers for the beers big fella. Run For­rest run !!!” one sup­porter posted. And an­other: “Well done. Hav­ing a beer for ya now mate.”

Two of the men, Bul­gar­ian money laun­derer Dim­i­tar Nikolov Iliev and In­dian drug smug­gler Sayed Mo­hammed Said, were caught at a lux­ury re­sort in East Ti­mor.

David­son and a fourth man, 50-year-old Malaysian na­tional and fel­low drug of­fender Tee Kok King, re­main at large.

Tee has kept a low pro­file on the run while David­son, from Perth, has used at least one of his Face­book ac­counts (he re­port­edly has sev­eral) to throw the au­thor­i­ties and the me­dia off course.

He has pre­vi­ously “checked in” to four coun­tries — the Nether­lands, Den­mark, Ger­many and the United Arab Emi­rates us­ing the Face­book name Matthew Ra­geone Ri­dler.

David­son had less than three months to serve of a one-year sen­tence for pass­port fraud when he es­caped the Ba­li­nese jail.

He is a box­ing in­struc­tor who taught classes at Ker­obokan prison, where his stu­dents in­cluded Bali Nine mem­ber Matthew Nor­man.

Shaun David­son.

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