Australia lockdowns force man to turn himself in 29 years after jailbreak

The then 35-year-old man escaped between July 31 and August 1, 1992 from a prison in Grafton, about 600 kilometers north of Sydney. He was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for growing an ‘illegal plant’. In his escape, he used a hacksaw and a bolt cutter. “At that time, we were unable to locate the man,” the police said in a statement.


The man eventually turned himself in to the police in Sydney on Sunday. He is said to have lived there unnoticed since 1992, earning some extra money here and there as a handyman for thirty years. However, those jobs became scarcer due to the corona lockdowns in the city, forcing the man to leave his home. He then decided he would be better off in prison, according to Daily Mail Australia.

The sixty-year-old will appear in court later this month. He may still have to serve the rest of his prison sentence and risk an extra seven years for his escape.

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