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UPDATE: Prisoner on the run with woman

UPDATE 2.25PM: POLICE are still hunting for a man who escaped police custody yesterday.

Police believe he is travelling with a woman. 

Reports indicate he may be at a Gladstone address. 

He is considered dangerous and should not be approached. 

UPDATE 10AM: THE MAN who escaped police custody and was this morning involved in a chase with police has reportedly ditched his vehicle. 

Reports indicate the man had been driving a Black Nissan Pulsar since escaping yesterday afternoon and has ditched the vehicle after police attempted to intercept it just after 6am. 

The man was due to be sentenced in Rockhampton District Court this morning after he was yesterday found guilty of sexual crimes against his step-daughter. 

The matter was mentioned in court today and set down for a further mention on October 17 with additional charges including escape from lawful custody and willful damage possible. 

He is described as aboriginal in appearance, about 188cm tall, heavy build, short dark hair with facial stubble.

He was last seen wearing a dark blue t-shirt and dark jeans.

Members of the public should not approach the man, but call police immediately. 

Anyone with information should contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000. 

UPDATE 6.10AM: ROCKHAMPTON police have this morning attempted to intercept a vehicle being driven by the man who escaped custody at Rockhampton District Court after being found guilty of sexual offences against his step daughter yesterday.

Reports indicate police followed the man through the Allenstown/The Range area reaching speeds of up to 75km/hr before abandoning attempts to intercept the vehicle. 

The man reportedly increased speed and crossed onto the wrong side of the road at the intersection of Albert and Canning Sts. 

He was the only occupant of the vehicle and was last seen heading past Brown Park towards the new bridge at 6.05am. 


5.25pm: THE trial of a man who committed sexual offences against his six-year-old step-daughter has come to a dramatic end with him fleeing the courthouse.

The jury reached their verdict in less than an hour, finding the man guilty of two counts of indecent treatment of a child under 16 under 12 while in care.

Judge Burnett ordered the man be remanded in custody overnight and sentenced tomorrow morning.

Before he could be taken to the watchhouse, the man fled the court room and ran from the courthouse, breaking the automatic front doors in the process.

During the four-day trial the court heard the man sexually assaulted his step-daughter, who was around six at the time, on an unspecified date in 2015.

The court heard details of the incident in which he came into the lounge room where the girl was sleeping and touched her intimately.

Police have not yet apprehended the man.

4.45pm: A MAN is currently on the loose after he was found guilty in Rockhampton District Court this afternoon of two sexual offences against his step-daughter.

The man ran from the court room, followed by two barristers.

He wedged his more than 6ft frame in the automatic glass doors of the court house, breaking them in the process.

He was to be remanded in custody overnight and sentenced at 9am tomorrow morning.

Full court story and updates to follow.

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