More information has emerged on how a double murderer, who dismembered the bodies of lovers he killed, spent his 24 hours on the run after cutting his ankle bracelet off.
Damien Anthony Peters, 50, who was jailed in 2002 for killing two of his lovers, was caught on a Petersham street on Monday afternoon by plain-clothes officers with dog squad assistance.
It is believed Peters visited a popular gay club on Oxford Street after removing his bracelet at about 4.15pm on Sunday.
The manager of Stonewall Hotel told the Sydney Morning Herald Peters visited the premises twice over the weekend.
The abandoned monitor was later found in nearby Kensington.
“He was here on Saturday night and Sunday night and he was asked to leave both times,” the manager said.
She said she had asked him to leave due to fears he was heavily intoxicated. She said she and staff were unaware at the time of his criminal history.
Once arrested, he was transferred to Corrective Services custody however, police have not laid any extra charges.
NSW Police told Yahoo News Australia the removal of his bracelet revoked Peter’s parole conditions and he is expected to return to prison to see out the remainder of his sentence.
The device is designed so it can be removed in the case of an emergency, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
If a user suffers a snake bite for example, the tag can be removed with bolt cutters, robust scissors or a sharp knife.
Peters pleaded guilty to murdering and dismembering two male lovers in his Surry Hills flat in 2001 and was jailed in 2002 for 21 years with a non-parole period of 13 years.
Detectives investigating the disappearance of Tereaupii Akai found the remains of one of Peters’ other lovers – Bevan James Frost – in the bath at the killers’ flat.
When he faced court for the murders it emerged Peters, then 32, had stabbed Mr Akai, 50, twice in the neck before dismembering his body and throwing it in a council bin.
He flushed his victims’ organs down the toilet.
About eight months later, Peters was massaging Mr Frost, 57, when he stabbed him to death and cut up his body.
He was first eligible for parole in September 2014 but was not released until November 2016, a State Parole Authority spokeswoman told AAP.
His sentence would have expired in 2022.
The parole authority, when considering his release, looked at his completion of programs and counselling, day release programs, behaviour in prison and minimum security classification.
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He was released under strict conditions that dictated his movements and was ordered to undergo more counselling.
“There was also a need for the offender to have a period of parole supervision prior to the expiry of his sentence in 2022 to facilitate contact with appropriate community support services,” the parole authority spokeswoman said.
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