Prison escapee front the Grafton Local Court yesterday.
Prison escapee front the Grafton Local Court yesterday. Daily Examiner

Escapee jaunt comes to an end

THE ONLY member of a trio of dangerous escapees from Glen Innes Jail to be recaptured is facing a further six months behind bars.

Reegan James Freeburn, 24, of South Grafton fronted Grafton Local Court yesterday charged with escaping lawful custody after he was caught in a house in Spring St, South Grafton, on Friday night. He had been on the run for 14 days.

Police said they raided the house on Friday after receiving a tip-off Freeburn had been sighted there.

He was arrested without incident and taken to Grafton Police Station, where he gave details of his escape from jail.

Convicted woman basher Freeburn, who was serving a three year maximum sentence for assault, stalking, intimidation and reckless wounding, absconded with Toormina's Ashley Cullen and Zac Cree, from Banora Point, sometime during the night of April 4-5. He was eligible for parole in October.

Reegan Freeburn, 24, (left) has faced Grafton Local Court, but his fellow escapees, Zac Cree, of Banora Point (right), and Ashley Cullen of Toormina are still on the run.
Reegan Freeburn, 24, (left) has faced Grafton Local Court, but his fellow escapees, Zac Cree, of Banora Point (right), and Ashley Cullen of Toormina are still on the run.

They were only found to be missing during morning muster at 7am, giving the trio a 13-hour head start on their pursuers.

Magistrate David Heilpern sentenced Freeburn to six months jail, to start from October 2. He is due for release on April 1, 2014.

Freeburn's fellow escapees remain at large, with the search focusing on Queensland where Cree has strong links.

Cullen, 21, is serving a four-year, nine-month sentence for his part in a terrifying South Grafton home invasion where a woman was raped and a man tied up. Cree is serving a maximum sentence of three years and nine months with a non-parole period of two years and 10 months for driving and break and enter offences.


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