Brenden Abbott.
Brenden Abbott.

‘I’ve been a good boy’ says 'Post Card Bandit'

ONE of Australia's most notorious criminals says he's been keeping himself "squeaky clean" while an inmate at Woodford Correctional Centre.

Brenden James Abbott last Friday pleaded with Brisbane Supreme Court to overturn the Queensland Parole Board's decision in July to keep him locked up.

The controversial armed robber and prison escapee, who is known nationwide as the "Postcard Bandit", told Justice Jean Dalton he was on his best behaviour despite being kept in high security because of Queensland Corrective Services "policy".

Representing himself via videolink, the 53-year-old conceded he would be arrested and extradited to Western Australia once he is released.

WA authorities will not extradite Abbott while he is in jail.

"I'd expect to be arrested immediately," he said.

"I can't be arrested in prison; I have to be released on parole.

"They'll grab me even before I leave the centre."

Abbott told the court he should be reclassified as a low security inmate because that would help him win his freedom.

He said Corrective Services was constantly "moving the goal posts", making it difficult for him to meet parole criteria.

"The policies ... won't let me progress to a lesser security classification.

"This is my fourth application for parole but they just keep moving the goal posts.

"They want me to do this and I jump through the hoops."

Justice Dalton questioned why the parole board decided to release Abbott last year but shortly after revoked that order.

"Corrective Services officers ... recommended he get parole which rather tends to contradict any notion that they think it's necessary to keep him in high security," Justice Dalton said.

"The board either made them (the findings) on some evidence or the findings are erroneous and not made on evidence."

Scott McLeod, who represented the parole board at Friday's hearing, said the QPB did not have to take the officers' recommendations into account when making its decision.

Justice Dalton has reserved her decision.

- APN NEWSDESK



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