Aus­tralian uses bed sheets to es­cape max­i­mum se­cu­rity jail, now on the run

Up­date: Crim­i­nal caught af­ter high-speed po­lice pur­suit

The China Post - - LIFE GUIDE POST -

Red-faced Aus­tralian author­i­ties Wed­nes­day vowed to re­view se­cu­rity af­ter a pris­oner used bed sheets and a pil­low to scale a wall topped with ra­zor wire and es­cape from a max­i­mum se­cu­rity jail.

Con­victed armed rob­ber Stephen Jamieson made his dar­ing break for free­dom on Tues­day and was on the run in a stolen car for 10 hours be­fore po­lice us­ing he­li­copters and dogs caught up with him about 100 kilo­me­ters away from the prison.

Cor­rec­tive Ser­vices New South Wales Com­mis­sioner Peter Sev­erin said the jail­break from the prison in Goul­burn, around 200 kilo­me­ters from Syd­ney, should never have hap­pened.

“The New South Wales po­lice re­sponse was im­me­di­ate and com­pre­hen­sive,” he said.

“This is a very se­ri­ous in­ci­dent that should not have hap­pened.”

He an­nounced a full re­view of the in­ci­dent by se­cu­rity ex­perts.

Sev­erin said Jamieson, 28, es­caped af­ter cut­ting through a me­tal gate at the back of a small se­cure ex­er­cise yard.

“He was able to get out of that ex­er­cise yard and then he had a range of bed sheets that he tied to­gether and was able to swing them over the wall to then ef­fect his es­cape by scal­ing that wall,” he said.

“It ap­pears that he also had a pil­low (that was) put around his waist and en­abled him to make good his es­cape over the ra­zor wire.”

Jamieson, who was serv­ing a 12-year sen­tence, was due to ap­pear at Goul­burn Lo­cal Court on Wed­nes­day to face charges over the es­cape and the pur­suit.

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