Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Man Pleads Guilty to Harbouring, 12 Yrs On

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Man Pleads Guilty to Harbouring, 12 Yrs On

Article excerpt

A FATHER of four who avoided the legal system for 12 years while harbouring an escaped prisoner in North Rockhampton faced his past in Bundaberg Magistrates Court this week.

Steven Christopher Sindel, 30, of Elliott Heads, handed himself in to the Bundaberg Police Station on June 1 at 6.15pm after avoiding punishment for 12 years for crimes he committed when he was 18 years old.

He pleaded guilty to harbouring an escaped prisoner, possessing dangerous drugs, possessing utensils, possessing a weapon without a licence, possessing tainted property, breaching bail and contravening a community-based order.

Police Prosecutor Senior Constable Fiona Ward told the court on January 26, 1999, police executed a search warrant at a North Rockhampton home where Sindel and three others lived.

They discovered the residents had been harbouring a prisoner who was serving three- and-a-half years in a Western Australian jail for armed robbery.

"He provided accommodation and food for the prisoner so he did not have to leave the house," Senior Constable Fiona Ward said. …

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