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A 64-year-old man who managed to escape from an Australian prison nearly 30 years ago has turned himself in. This was reported by the New South Wales police on Wednesday.
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 used a hacksaw and a bolt cutter in his escape. “At that time, we were unable to locate the man,” the police said in a statement.
According to local media, the man had been in jail for a little over a year. He was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for growing an illegal plant. He now states that he was afraid that he would be sent back to his native country, then Yugoslavia, after his prison sentence. The country was then embroiled in a fierce civil war.
He finally turned himself in to police in Dee Why, near Sydney’s northern beaches, on Sunday. He is said to have lived there unnoticed since 1992, doing black jobs here and there as a handyman for thirty years. However, those jobs became scarcer and scarcer due to the corona lockdowns in Sydney and the man eventually lost his home. He decided he would be better off in prison, according to Daily MailAustralia.
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 additional seven years for his escape.