Why a NSW prison escapee handed himself in after 29 YEARS

·News Reporter
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An escaped NSW prison inmate on the run for nearly 30 years has handed himself in.

The man was 35 when he escaped a correctional facility in Grafton, in northern NSW, between 7pm on July 31, 1992 and 7am the following morning, police said.

It’s alleged the man used tools including a hacksaw blade and bolt cutters to free himself from prison custody.

Police never found him. It’s understood the fugitive was Darko Desic.

Darko Desic is pictured. Grafton corrections is also pictured.
Darko Desic escaped from a Grafton jail (right) in 1992. Source: Supplied/ Google Maps (file pic)

But the man, now 64, went to Dee Why Police Station, in Sydney’s north, on Sunday and surrendered himself, police said.

Detectives from the Robbery and Serious Crime Squad's Corrective Services Investigation Unit charged him with escaping from lawful custody.

Desic was refused bail and appeared at Central Local Court on Tuesday.

A police source told the Daily Telegraph Desic has been living in Avalon, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, for about 30 years.

The source claimed to the paper Desic had recently become homeless amid the pandemic and was forced to sleep on the beach on Saturday night.

Desic will return to court on September 28.

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