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Escaped 30 years ago – Finally surrendered and returned to prison due to… coronavirus

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He escaped 30 years ago - Finally surrendered and returned to prison due to… coronavirus

A fugitive who used a hacksaw blade and a bolt cutter to get him out of jail almost 30 years ago has surrendered to authorities because the lockdown left him homeless.

Darko Desic voluntarily presented himself to a Sydney police station in Australia because his job as a craftsman had been irreparably damaged by coronary restrictions.

The 64-year-old fugitive was handed over to the Dee Why police station on Sunday and taken to court on Tuesday on charges of escaping from prison in 1992, according to a police statement.

The new charge carries a sentence of seven years in prison.

The lockdown imposed in Sydney last June resulted in him losing his day job as a laborer and craftsman.

He slept on the beach on Saturday night and said: “let it go, I will return to the prison where there is a roof over my head”

Desic was 35 when he escaped from a prison in Grafton, 630 km north of Sydney, on the night of July 31, 1992.

Police say he used sharp tools to cut the bars in his cell window and a perimeter fence.

He was sentenced to 13 months out of a total of 3.5 years in prison for growing cannabis.

Born in the former Yugoslavia, Desic told police he escaped from prison because he believed he would be deported as soon as he served his sentence. He feared he would be punished for failing to do compulsory military service in his former country, which has since disintegrated into many nations.

It is not clear in which country he could be deported, although he is not an Australian national.

The fugitive told police he was spending his free time on the northern beaches of Sydney and had never come to the attention of police at the time.

He kept a low profile, although his face was once referenced by Australia's Most Wanted television program, after someone reported seeing him in the Norva area, about 193 km south of Sydney.

Source: SkyNews / https://www.huffingtonpost.gr/

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