Convicted murderer Peter Kamm, who was on the run after removing a tracking device, has been recaptured “without incident” in Alice Springs.
Kamm had been a fugitive since he cut off a GPS tracking ankle bracelet after police pulled him over for a traffic offence and found him with a small amount of cannabis on Tuesday.
NT police are yet to comment on the circumstances surrounding his recapture, but said it had been “without incident… at a private residence in Alice Springs”.
Kamm was convicted for the 1989 shooting murder of Dean Robinson, 19, during a hunting trip on a cattle station, west of Borroloola.
He was released in July this year after 25 years in prison and was ordered to wear the electronic monitoring device as part of his parole conditions.
Assistant Commissioner Jeanette Kerr said Kamm removed his electronic tracking device before police arrived to take him back into custody.
Police said they were not notified for one hour and 20 minutes after the ankle bracelet was tampered with.
Tracy Luke from the NT Corrections Department disputed that.
“I can comment on the fact that as soon as we got the strap tamper [notification] we alerted the appropriate authority,” she said.
Ms Luke also said, before Kamm went missing, her agency told him his parole would likely be revoked.
“I understand our probation and parole officer is actually with police at this point in time talking to police and giving as much information as we can so we locate the whereabouts of Mr Kamm,” she said.
NT Chief Minister Adam Giles has flagged the use of tracking devices would be reviewed in the wake of Kamm’s escape.
“What we want to see is less people in our jails, more people being rehabilitated, that is the purpose of what we’re trying to do, and also free up the costs in the corrections system and free up the time of those correctional officers,” he said.
“But getting the process right, the systems right, is important.”
The Territory Government spent $1 million rolling the devices out last year, with 60 people currently being monitored in the community with devices supplied by security company G4S.