Lockdowns force Australia man to report himself 29 years after jailbreak

A 64-year-old man who escaped an Australian prison nearly 30 years ago has turned himself in. That‘s what the New South Wales Police Department reports.

The 35-year-old man escaped from a prison in Grafton, about 600 kilometres north of Sydney, between July 31 and August 1, 1992. He was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for growing an โ€œillegal plant.โ€ On his escape, he used a hacksaw and a bolt cutter. โ€œAt that time, we failed to locate the man,โ€ police said in a statement.


The man finally turned into police in Sydney on Sunday after all. He would have lived there unnoticed since 1992 and earned something here and there for thirty years as a handyman. However, those laps became scarcer due to the city’s coronalockdowns, which forced the man to leave his home. He then decided he would be better off in prison, according to Daily Mail Australia.

The 60s will be in court later this month. He may still have to serve the rest of his sentence and risk an additional seven years before his escape.