Post­card Ban­dit bid for pa­role

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

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”.

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