Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Inmate in Strife after Beer Dash

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Inmate in Strife after Beer Dash

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KRISTY

MARTIN

kristy.martin@frasercoastchronicle.com.au

AN inmate who made a mockery of the prison system by escaping from custody to go to the bottle shop has appeared in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court.

Steven Darrell Maher said he just wanted aa night offa when he and a fellow inmate escaped from a prison work camp at Blackall and walked 10km to the nearest bottle shop.

They bought several beers to drink and were later found by police in the grounds of the local school, where they were arrested and taken back into custody.

Maher, 39, pleaded guilty to escaping from lawful custody.

He was serving a six-month sentence at Capricornia Correctional Centre in Rockhampton for a drink-driving offence.

It was more than five months into his sentence when Maher decided he wanted a beer and simply awalked awaya from the work camp on October 29.

Prosecutor Senior Constable Jeanette Grigoris said Maher's punishment should serve as a deterrent for other offenders with custodial sentences. …

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