A man turns himself in for nearly 30 years after escaping from prison – because COVID made him homeless | world News
A fugitive who allegedly used a saw blade and latch cutters to escape from prison nearly 30 years ago has turned himself in – because the city’s coronavirus lockdown has left him homeless.
Darko Dicic entered a police station in Sydney Because his work as a handyman has been hit by the coronavirus restrictions in the Australian city.
The 64-year-old now surrendered at De Why police station on Sunday and refused bail when he appeared in court on Tuesday accused of escaping legal custody in 1992, according to a police statement.
The penalty for the charge could be up to seven years in prison.
Sydney Close, which began in June, has tasked Desic with his cash as a handyman, police sources told the Daily Telegraph Sydney and Australia Broadcasting Corp.
“He slept on the beach on Saturday night and told me ‘Put it on, I’ll go back to prison, where there’s a roof over my head’,” a source told the newspaper.
Disick was 35 years old when he escaped from a prison in Grafton, 390 miles north of Sydney, during the night of July 31 – August 1, 1992.
Police allege he used tools, including a hacksaw blade and latch cutters, to break through the bars of his cell window and the surrounding fence.
He had served 13 months out of a three-and-a-half year sentence to grow cannabis.
The newspaper reported that Disic, who was born in the former Yugoslavia, told police that he had escaped from prison because he believed he would be deported once he had served his sentence.
He feared that he would be punished for not performing his compulsory military service in his former country, which has since been divided into several nations.
It is not clear to which country he can be deported, although he is not an Australian citizen.
The newspaper said that immigration officials abandoned the search for him and in 2008 granted him residency in Australia.
Disic told police that he spent his entire time at large on the northern Sydney beaches in the suburb of Avalon and, according to the newspaper, never came to the attention of police at the time.
He has maintained a low profile but was once mentioned on Australian TV Most Wanted, a true crime TV show, after someone reported seeing him in Nowra, 120 miles south of Sydney.