Prison escapee wants more time to appeal his sentence

A ROCKHAMPTON prison escapee wants more time to appeal his sentence which effectively meant 934 extra days behind bars.

Jason Benjamin Hardie applied in the Court of Appeal on Wednesday for an extension, with the bench of justices reserving its decision.

Hardie broke out of Capricornia Correctional Centre's minimum-security farm facility on the evening of June 19, 2012, leading authorities on a chase spanning 700km along the Queensland coastline.

After fleeing custody, Hardie first snuck into a Rockhampton house where he took more $6100 in jewellery and keys to a blue Subaru, which he drove south.

A court order disqualifying his driving was not a barrier to him driving to Brisbane; stopping to steal fuel first from a Gladstone service station, then again from a second service station in Beenleigh.

A police dog bit Hardie when he was avoiding arrest in Brisbane.

Hardie was serving 10 months of a 2.5 year sentence for an earlier theft when he escaped.

He traded a guaranteed parole released date for 25 days on the run.

That decision cost him an extra 22 months, which he is contesting, on top of the previous punishment.

As the current sentence stands, Hardie will not be eligible for parole until September 19, 2015.


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