This table is intended to be used as a guide only. Individual cases should be read if they are to be relied upon.
s34 Correctional Centres Act 1952 (Max 10y) (prior to 4.11.1991 max 7y)
replaced 3.4.2000 by s.310D Crimes Act 1900 (Max 10y)
MT 2yAT 14m
Escaped from team working outside gaol - did not like gaol.
Carrion(1993) 69 A Crim R 230
Serving time for assault and armed robbery
During escape committed further serious offences in South Australia.
MT 6mAT 2m
AAMT 4mAT 4m
Escalating record involving property and drug related offences.
Female - Returned to de facto and three children - arrested after mother
informed police - escaped because of psychological effects of separation from
baby.Fresh psychological evidence.
MT 9mAT 12m
AAMT 25wAT 15m 1w
Serving time for dishonesty offences
Female - dallied on way to work release - panicked on arrival and escaped -
no pre-meditation - no further offences.
MT 12mAT 4m
No violence associated with escape and no further offences – arrested by
police during RBT - escaped because of threats to life upon arriving at prison
MT 6mAT 6m
AAMT 2mAT 10m
Serving time for two AR and LMV
Climbed fence at Kirkconnell and found four hours later by warders - returned
without protest - no reason for escape, but depressed.
MT 1y 3mAT 9m
AAMT 10mAT 1y 2m
Reasons for escape were the ‘very real pressures’ on prisoner.
MT 18mAT 12m
AAMT 12mAT 6m
Escaped while working as a sweeper outside MTC - prisoner had been
MT 12mAT 12m
Female - climbed over wall at Norma Parker Centre - unpremeditated - no
offences committed whilst at large.Sexually abused by stepfather, history of
drug and alcohol abuse.
MT 2yAT 2y
AAMT 1yAT 2y.
Over fence at Silverwater - caught by police - escaped for “personal reasons”
and “to clear my head.”
very short time
prior conviction for escape
Escaped from toilet at hospital wearing only underpants and bandage -
apprehended short time later in car park area - escape was part of suicide bid -
seeking to be shot by officers.Contrition, psychiatric disorder.
Ravet(26)NSW CCA 10.3.1999
AAFT 4m 2w.
multiple stealing, BES, assault, GIC, breach parole.
During conveyance from court to gaol, opened police van door while stopped
and ran - captured shortly thereafter, having injured foot and back as was still
in handcuffs – no planning - able to open door by pushing it - under influence
of medication taken for drug addictionErroneously sentenced on basis he
manipulated door lock
Attie(26)NSW CCA 17.3.2000
MT 5mAT 8m
Escaped from minimum security gaol while collecting branches for
aviary.Exceptional case - suffering psychological distress after witnessing
massacre in Lebanon - very bad experience in gaol - wrongly labelled informer by
prison authorities and subjected to threats and violence - received no
assistance from authorities and forced into segregation.
Regina(51)NSW CCA 20.3.2000
more than 3y 6m
MT 2yAT 1y
Walked out of minimum security centre - while at large served term of
imprisonment in Northern Territory - not extradited to NSW until three years
later.Amount of time at large makes escape a remarkable one - aggravating
RiddellNSW CCA 10.4.2000
MT 5mAT 4m
Spur of the moment - no premeditation - no aggravating features - cry for
help in relation to suicidal wife - escaped at place liable to be seen - injured
self on wire and found walking along road making no attempt to avoid capture.
Butler(20)NSW CCA 4.12.2000
MT 12mAT 6m
Female - climbed two fences abandoning attempt after recognising attempt
would fail.Mother of 4y child – immature - drug addiction - some evidence of
Friedemann(63)NSW CCA 6.12.2000
serving sentence for drug offences
Escaped from minimum security centre and went to Victoria to obtain extensive
medical treatment - felt receiving insufficient treatment in
custody.Committed further offences - suffering serious medical condition.
Stokes(42)NSW CCA 1.3.2001
nearly 12 months
3y 1dNPP 1y
serving lengthy sentence for violence
Escaped from minimum security using gardening tools - wife waiting in car -
degree of planning - long time at large - escaped after pressure from wife
needing support - committed no offence while at large - wife died from drug
overdose.Evidence of good rehabilitation.
Walford(21)NSW CCA 23.4.2001
serving sentence for robbery in company
Saw open gate at minimum security centre and walked out - picked up almost
immediately.Female - Aboriginal with traumatic background, drug addiction,
BartonNSW CCA 14.6.2002
serving sentence for BES
Escape related to domestic situation - intellectual disability not made clear
Smith(52)NSW CCA 16.3.2004
Serving sentence for BE with intent to kidnap
Escaped from Goulburn gaol with intention of proving innocence in relation to
sentence being served – forced cell bars open with metal device made in metal
PhamNSW CCA 22.3.2005
Crown AADate of commencement of sentence brought forward by 4m
Serving balance of parole for Agg AR
Escaped from Auburn Hospital – committed offences in Vic and served sentence
– sentence for escape effectively subsumed by parole to be served – judge
inappropriately took into account deportation following sentence – error in not
taking into account that parole revocation order had not been rescinded at time
11m 1wNPP 3m(cumulative)Total:17m 1wNPP
9m12mNPP 3m(cumulative)Total:18mNPP 9m
Agg BES – lengthy criminal record – escape offence on
recordAssault and AOABH – significant
recordDriving offences – extensive record – escape offence
Escaped together from low security correctional centre in far west – left in
stolen prison utility – pursued by police – H apprehended after 2 hours – C and
D stole second car – apprehended after 36 hours when vehicle ran out of
fuelC – heroin and alcohol addiction – bleak prospects of
rehabilitationD – abused as a child – heroin and alcohol addiction –
affected by decision of authorities not to allow him to attend father’s
funeralH – drug addiction
Mihail(50)NSW CCA 25.5.2010
Lengthy record including two escapes
Escaped from Long Bay – working as welder in minimum security area – means of
escape unknown – unremarkable escapePoor health
(18 – 19)
NSW CCA 
Rob in Co
AA for sentences of robbery offences
NPP 4y 4m
Lengthy record – AR breached conditional
liberty – Rob in Co committed as escapee
Escaped from correctional centre by cutting
through fence and climbing wall – while escapee attacked taxi driver with two
co-offenders – punched victim in face twice – above range criminality
Aboriginal youth with chaotic upbringing
and alcohol and drug abuse – 25% guilty plea
NSW CCA 
Serving sentence at Long Bay – Went to
Prince of Wales Hospital Randwick for treatment for heart condition – escaped
from the hospital.
SJ erred in not finding special
circumstances – protective custody – poor health