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Fugitive from 1992 prison break arrested at Dee Why

A man who escaped from a correctional facility on the state’s north coast almost 30 years ago has been arrested and charged in Dee Why on the weekend.

Darko Desic was reportedly serving a relatively short sentence for cultivating a prohibited plant when he escaped Grafton Gaol about a year into his sentence.

Between 7pm Friday 31 July and 7am Saturday 1 August 1992, the 35-year-old man escaped, police will allege, using a hacksaw blade and bolt cutters.

At the time, efforts to locate the man were unsuccessful.

On Sunday 12 September 2021, the man, now aged 64, attended Dee Why Police Station and surrendered himself to police.

Detectives attached to Robbery and Serious Crime Squad’s Corrective Services Investigation Unit (CSIU) have since charged the man with escape prisoner from lawful custody.

He was refused bail and appeared at Central Local Court yesterday, Tuesday 14 September 2021, where he was formally refused bail to reappear at the same court later this month, Tuesday 28 September 2021.

You can read a follow up on this story in the Northern Beaches Review here. 

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