Brian Illington Trent Tapim, 23, of Bucasia has been charged with escaping lawful custody.
Brian Illington Trent Tapim, 23, of Bucasia has been charged with escaping lawful custody.

Prison escape accused faces court after dramatic arrest

A MACKAY region man alleged to have escaped from prison by scaling a fence using a wheelie bin and doona has faced court after he was recaptured by police.

Brian Illington Trent Tapim, 23, fronted Mackay Magistrates Court from the dock in custody on Tuesday, after being arrested in Oakenden, near Mackay, on Monday afternoon.

The Bucasia man has been charged with escaping lawful custody - Capricornia Correctional Centre - on Sunday, January 28 at Etna Creek, to which no plea was entered.

Tapim was serving time behind bars for assault.

Additionally, Tapim faces charges laid before his alleged escape, including four counts of burglary, three counts of vehicle theft, three counts of failing to stop for police, and one count each of break and enter and stealing a firearm or ammunition. No pleas were entered to those charges.

When Tapim appeared before Magistrate Damien Dwyer in the court, an extra police officer stood watch over him, totalling two guards in the dock.

Tapim waved to supporters sitting in the back of the public gallery after he was brought into the courtroom from Mackay Watch-house.

Defence solicitor Antoinette Morton told Mr Dwyer that Tapim faced a range of charges and requested they be mentioned together at Tapim's next appearance.

Ms Morton, of Fisher Dore Lawyers, did not make an application for bail during the brief appearance.

Tapim was remanded in custody to appear in the court again in mid-February.



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