Postcard Bandit bid for parole
AUSTRALIA’S most notorious prison escapee, Brenden Abbott, is making another bid for freedom.
But this time, the “Postcard Bandit” is following the letter of the law, using pen and paper to plead for his release after 16 years behind bars.
Abbott has launched Supreme Court action to force the Queensland Parole Board to decide whether to let him out of Woodford Correctional Centre.
The prisoner who staged escapes from Queensland and WA jails in the 1980s and ’ 90s – reportedly taunting police by sending them postcards while on the run – is serving a 25year sentence for bank robbery and his last escape.
He is not due for release until 2020 but was eligible for parole in September 2011. He has made several failed bids for parole and lodged his most recent application last June.
He has now asked the Supreme Court to order the Parole Board to decide his case “forthwith”. A directions hearing is set down for today.
In court affidavits, Abbott and his lawyers say the board had a duty to make a decision on his parole within 210 days of him applying on June 26 last year and “a decision has not been made within a reasonable time frame”.