Mum pleas for escapee to return
Lorraine Nannup wants her son to turn himself in. Picture: Rob Duncan/The West Australian

The mother of a 20-year-old prison escapee has issued a heartfelt plea to her son to hand himself in.

Michael James Hayward escaped custody whilst being transported from Armadale Hospital back to Karnet Prison Farm after attending a medical appointment.

The convicted burglar and robber cut his hand while working in the prison’s abattoir.

His mother Lorraine Nannup was visibly shaken when she spoke to the media this afternoon.

Ms Nannup said she was concerned for her son’s safety and health after spending three days on the run.

“Can you do the right thing, you are putting the family through too much,” she said.

“I don’t want you getting hurt, you are hurting everyone around you, please son, please hand yourself in,” Ms Nannup said.

“I love you and support you all the way, just do the right thing son.”

She said she spoke with Hayward the day before he fled custody and he told her he had injured himself but did not express any desires of escaping.

Hayward is described as fair skinned, 170cms tall, of slim build with brown hair and brown eyes. He has a script tattoo on his right shoulder and was wearing a prison greens. He was wearing a bandage on his hand however may have removed this since.

Anyone who spots Hayward is advised not to approach him but to contact police immediately on 131 444.

The West Australian

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