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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