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‘Postcard Bandit’ granted parole

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Notorious armed robber and jail escapee Brenden Abbott has been granted parole from a Brisbane jail, however he could now face extradition to Western Australia.

The 53-year-old, dubbed the Postcard Bandit, will be released sometime in April after serving 17 years of a 25-year sentence.

A fortnight ago, he applied for a judicial review in the Supreme Court in Brisbane, after being knocked back for parole five times.

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The court found that the parole board had made a mistake by classifying Abbott as a high-risk prisoner and ordered it to review his case.

Abbott was rearrested in 1998 after escaping from a Brisbane prison. Photo: ABC
Abbott was rearrested in 1998 after escaping from a Brisbane prison. Photo: ABC

Western Australia Police said in a statement that once the release date had been confirmed it would “take appropriate action, in consultation with other departments both in WA and interstate”.

“It is on the public record that Brenden Abbott has outstanding criminal matters in WA,” the statement said.

Abbott, 53, has been serving a 23-year sentence at Woodford Correctional Centre, north of Brisbane, after a string of bank robberies and a brazen breakout from Sir David Longland Prison at Wacol in 1997.

Some of those years in jail were in solitary confinement.

He is also known for having escaped from Fremantle Prison in Western Australia in 1989.

During the February court case, Abbott, who appeared via video link, said he would be willing to serve the extra time.

“Your Honour, I don’t think I have any choice but to serve the remainder of the outstanding sentence … it’s a 12-year sentence,” he told the court.

South Australian Police have also said it is reviewing its files “to determine if and when any further charges will proceed”.

He is wanted for questioning there for an alleged armed robbery.

In jail, Abbott took up fine art, some of which he would send to his former girlfriend.

He painted to pass the time during a lengthy stint in maximum security, when he was in his cell 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for six years.

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