RE-CAPTURED: Mackay Police found Brian Illington Trent Tapim in Sarina yesterday afternoon.
RE-CAPTURED: Mackay Police found Brian Illington Trent Tapim in Sarina yesterday afternoon. Melanie Plane

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ONE of two Rockhampton jail escapees has been remanded in custody after appearing in court yesterday.

Brian Illington Trent Tapim, 23, appeared in the Mackay Magistates Court after being charged with escaping lawful custody.

It is alleged Tapim and fellow prisoner Jermaine Lee Anderson, 30, escaped from the Capricornia Correctional Centre in the early hours of Sunday.

RE-CAPTURED: Mackay Police found Tapim on Monday afternoon after a search commenced over the weekend.
RE-CAPTURED: Mackay Police found Tapim on Monday afternoon after a search commenced over the weekend.

Police re-captured Brian Illington Trent Tapim in Sarina at 4pm on Monday.

He was reportedly found naked and in a cane paddock.

Speaking at a media conference yesterday morning, Detective Senior Sergeant Luke Peachey said Tapim was not cooperating with police, who were following a number of inquiries today in regards to catching Anderson.

As at 6pm yesterday, Anderson, who was serving six years for robbery with violence, was still on the run.

Detective Snr Sgt Luke Peachey briefs the media on the escaped prisoners after one was recaptured near Mackay.
Detective Snr Sgt Luke Peachey briefs the media on the escaped prisoners after one was recaptured near Mackay. Chris Ison ROK300118cpolice2

"We are uncertain of his exact location, we have an indication that he's obviously got known associates throughout Rockhampton and Gladstone, and also further down south,” Det Snr Sgt Peachey said.

When it came to catching Tapim, Det Snr Sgt Peachey said public assistance played an important role in tracking him down.

A member of the public called police after seeing footage from one of the media outlets and recognised Tapim.

"He camped through a cane paddock and was located a short time later by the owner of the property where he was trying to remain,” Det Snr Sgt Peachey said.

He said when police located Tapim, "the only person that was actually found was him”.

"We also have reports that there were other persons involved, however, we have been unable to verify that or locate those other persons,” Det Snr Sgt Peachey said.

Tapim will next appear in court on February 12.

Det Snr Sgt Peachey said police urge anyone with information about his whereabouts to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Policelink on 131 444 immediately.



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