Shaun Davidson remains on the run almost 18 months after his daring escape from Indonesia’s notorious Kerobokan jail. Picture: Facebook
Shaun Davidson remains on the run almost 18 months after his daring escape from Indonesia’s notorious Kerobokan jail. Picture: Facebook

Bali prison escapee's cheeky check in on the run

AN AUSTRALIAN man who pulled off a daring escape from one of the world's most notorious prisons has supposedly resurfaced in Thailand after almost 18 months on the run.

Shaun Davidson posted a cheeky Facebook "check in" from tourist mecca Phuket over the weekend, sparking an avalanche of comments from his thousands of followers.

He followed up with a declaration that he would not "reply to negativity, only good vibes".

The 34-year-old ex-Perth resident has taunted authorities with Facebook posts in which he claims to be living it up in various cities around the world ever since busting out of Bali's Kerobokan jail in June last year.

 

Really? The emojis tell a different story. Or do they? Who knows? Picture: Facebook
Really? The emojis tell a different story. Or do they? Who knows? Picture: Facebook

 

 

After 18 months on the run, Davidson doesn’t have the headspace for haters. Picture: Facebook
After 18 months on the run, Davidson doesn’t have the headspace for haters. Picture: Facebook

 

 

Places Shaun Davidson claims to have visited since busting out of Kerobokan in June 2017. Picture: Facebook
Places Shaun Davidson claims to have visited since busting out of Kerobokan in June 2017. Picture: Facebook

 

Davidson has provided no pictorial proof he's in Phuket and may have jokingly referenced that city because of Thailand's reputation for allegedly harbouring international fugitives as well as speculation he fled there immediately after the breakout.

On October 12, he posted a "check in" from Queensland's Gold Coast after claiming to have partied in The Netherlands, Germany, United Arab Emirates, Barbados, Cuba and Dubai in the months since his breakout.

He has celebrated his situation by posting mock up movie and wanted posters and often posts links to stories written about him. Other days he shares crude jokes and cartoons.

 

Bali jail fugitive Shaun Davidson has thousands of Facebook followers and a fan page run by his sister. Picture: Facebook
Bali jail fugitive Shaun Davidson has thousands of Facebook followers and a fan page run by his sister. Picture: Facebook

 

 

Larrikin Davidson loves taunting authorities on social media. Picture: Facebook
Larrikin Davidson loves taunting authorities on social media. Picture: Facebook

 

Davidson, 31 inside a Denpasar District Court cell on June 23, four days before his escape. Picture: Lukman S. Bintoro
Davidson, 31 inside a Denpasar District Court cell on June 23, four days before his escape. Picture: Lukman S. Bintoro

Thousands of supporters follow his life on the run via at least two Facebook accounts purportedly controlled by him and as well as a fan page run by his sister.

In his first months on the run, Davidson attempted to negotiate payment from several media outlets (including news.com.au, which does not pay for stories) in exchange for an interview but retreated after either failing to reach a satisfactory deal or for fear such a transaction would get him caught.

Davidson burrowed his way to freedom along with three other inmates via a narrow, 12 metre tunnel dug beneath prison walls in June 19, 2017.

 

 

Davidson taunts police with a mock-up poster of iconic prison movie The Shawshank Redemption. Picture: Facebook
Davidson taunts police with a mock-up poster of iconic prison movie The Shawshank Redemption. Picture: Facebook

 

A wanted poster featuring Australian inmate Shaun Davidson in the window of a convenience store near the Kerobokan area of Bali, Indonesia. Picture: Putra Sinulingga/AAP
A wanted poster featuring Australian inmate Shaun Davidson in the window of a convenience store near the Kerobokan area of Bali, Indonesia. Picture: Putra Sinulingga/AAP

 

Bulgarian Dimitr Nikolon Iliev, 45, and Indian Sayed Mohammed Said, 33, were quickly recaptured at a five star resort in East Timor but Davidson and Malaysian national Tee Kok King, 50, remain at large.

Tee was serving a seven-year sentence for drug offences while Davidson had less than three months left to serve after having been jailed for one year for immigration violations.

Six months later, Kerobokan lost another inmate when American Christian Beasley, 32, scaled a wall at the rear of the jail. He was recaptured a week later.

 

Bulgarian Dimitir Nikolon Iliev, who is serving seven years for ATM fraud, is escorted back to Kerobokan jail after breaking out with Australian Shaun Davidson and two others. Picture: Supplied
Bulgarian Dimitir Nikolon Iliev, who is serving seven years for ATM fraud, is escorted back to Kerobokan jail after breaking out with Australian Shaun Davidson and two others. Picture: Supplied

 

Indian national Sayed Muhammad Said is recaptured after breaking out of Kerobokan with Davidson and two others. Picture: Supplied
Indian national Sayed Muhammad Said is recaptured after breaking out of Kerobokan with Davidson and two others. Picture: Supplied

 

US national Christian Beasley escaped from Kerobokan in December 2017 but was recaptured a week later. Picture: Supplied
US national Christian Beasley escaped from Kerobokan in December 2017 but was recaptured a week later. Picture: Supplied

Beasley, a Californian awaiting trial on drug charges, was believed to have cut through bars in the ceiling of his cell before scaling a perimeter wall of the prison in an area which was being refurbished.

The jail, located just 10km from Kuta - Bali's main tourist drag - is home to scores of foreign prisoners, many of whom were arrested on drug related charges.


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