News

Prison breakout earns man more hard time

ON THE RUN: The car in which three escaped prisoners led police on a high-speed chase.
ON THE RUN: The car in which three escaped prisoners led police on a high-speed chase.

THE second of three Townsville prison escapees to appear in Gympie Magistrates Court was sentenced to 18 months jail this week.

Jacob Ben Allen had only 10 days remaining on his sentence before he escaped a minimum security prison with two inmates on December 30 and took police south past Bundaberg on a New Year's Eve manhunt ending in Gympie.

The 26-year-old man, who pleaded guilty to escaping jail, evading a taxi fare, using a car unlawfully and evading police, appeared in court with fellow escapee Claude Cobbo, 26, last Tuesday.

Cobbo was jailed, but due to complications surrounding Allen's previous parole release date, his matter was adjourned to Monday.

The story of the men's hotly pursued escape unfolded in court last week.

The men, who had accessed drugs in prison, were high on ice when they jumped the small fence at the prison, the court heard. They caught a taxi, which they ran from without paying, and then hitched a lift to Rockhampton with an unknown man in a car brightly-signed Hound Dog Hairdressing.

Police were alerted to the car travelling through Kaumala, south of Mackay at 8.40am, and later at Marlborough, where police chased the escapees, but stopped when it hit speeds of 140kmh.

Later that night the car sped from police through a busy Bundaberg St, then in Childers before they were eventually stopped with the use of stingers on the Bruce Hwy in Gympie.

Defence lawyer Mark Oliver said his client, who had been held in a maximum security prison since his Gympie arrest, "got the shock of his life" when they were pulled from the car by police and held on the ground at gunpoint.

"Whatever possessed you to break out of prison 10 days before your release is beyond imagination," Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said to the man.

Not only was it "sheer stupidity", she said, while running from the law he had endangered the police and the public by failing to stop.

The man was sentenced to 18 months prison and will remain behind bars until his new parole release on August 26. He was disqualified from driving for two years and ordered to pay $3105.60 restitution.

The remaining co-accused escapee Craig Jackson will appear in Gympie Magistrates Court on March 15.

Topics:  court police



Six hideaway bars to escape winter chill

THE last season of GoT finally uttered the words we’ve been waiting six seasons to hear and now that the weather has cooled down in Brisbane, “winter is here.”

Our six art gallery picks for a creative day out

Queensland's Gallery of Modern Art always has a fun, exciting and interesting exhibition on show for the whole family to enjoy.

YOU'D be mistaken in thinking Brisbane wasn't an arty city.

Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

You loved the film, now you're about to love the musical. Don't miss The Bodyguard The Musical in Brisbane this July.

THE arts and culture events you don't want to miss.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Date nights under $50

Nothing is more romantic than a picnic with a cracking view.

NOT every date has to cost you a bomb.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

Profit put before safety in mines

BLACK LUNG: Former underground mine worker Jason Bing mined for 14 years before he was diagnosed with debilitating lung diseases.

AUTHORITIES are continuing to mismanage protection of coal workers

A chance to step up to New York stage

AMERICAN DREAM: Hip hop dancer Chelsea Lane.

Dancing from Bundaberg to New York

Pensioner in court over methadone tantrum at hospital

TEMPER TANTRUM: John Benedict Lee Lee became agitated and threw a tap at the Bundaberg Hospital pharmacy, where he'd gone to get a methadone dose.

'They were not dosing me properly, miss,' man tells magistrate

Local Partners

Wonder Woman is a kick-arse superhero romp

WITH so much at stake, thank Zeus that Wonder Woman didn’t fall into the same trap as its DC Extended Universe predecessors.

Everything coming to Netflix, Stan, Foxtel and Amazon Prime Video this June

Orange Is The New Black returns for another season.

Find out what's being added to our streaming services in June.

Sam Armytage and Tom Cruise? Saaaaay what?

Apparently, the answer is no.

Musical tribute to flood volunteers released

Songwriter honours flood volunteers who helped their neighbours.

Lismore songwriter Simon Thomas was moved by strangers' kindness

Karl Stefanovic's rant about Schapelle Corby 'a bit rich'

Karl Stefanovic is sick of hearing about Schapelle Corby.

Maybe he just wanted to make himself the story.

Could Schapelle be heading for Gladstone?

Australian Schapelle Corby is escorted by Bali Police at the parole office in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, 27 May 2017.

Schapelle's mother teases her free daughter could be Gladstone bound

Six things you never knew about Men in Black

Mushu the pug

It's been 20 years since Men in Black first hit cinemas

New $46.7m counter-terrorism facility to be built in Wacol

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, pictured with Police Commisioner Ian Stewart, has announced plans to build a new counter-terrorism facility in Wacol.

The facility will be built over three years.

Home to a sex worker: Sordid history of iconic Coast shed

Milojevic Djordjevic's daughter Linda at the derelict shed on Yandina-Coolum Road.

The shed was once a liveable 'barrack'.

This is real estate's billion-dollar man

Bob Wolff at AREC with John McGrath of McGrath Real Estate.

They don’t call him the “Billion dollar man” for nothing

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!