Adelaide Remand Centre escapee suffered ‘significant’ injuries during arrest, lawyer says


The lawyer for a man who abseiled out of a maximum-security prison in Adelaide says his client sustained “significant” injuries, including a broken rib, while being taken back into custody.

Jason Burdon was arrested in Adelaide’s south on Wednesday night and was charged with offences including escaping lawful custody.

Mr Burdon climbed out of the Adelaide Remand Centre on Tuesday morning by using clothes tied together.

The escape prompted a police manhunt that lasted almost 36 hours and expanded across suburban Adelaide.

Police have accused Mr Burdon of trying to avoid arrest by ramming a police car.

He was later taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

At a court hearing today, Mr Burdon’s defence lawyer Greg Tonkin said the 33-year-old would plead guilty to the escape, but contest a charge of resisting arrest.

He said Mr Burdon suffered “significant” injuries at the hands of police, including a gash to the head that required 15 staples, as well as a broken rib and bruising.

Jason Burdon’s injuries included a gash requiring 15 stitches, his lawyer said.(ABC News)

Mr Tonkin said he had seen Mr Burdon in hospital earlier today.

“He has a number of injuries that are somewhat considerable,” he said.

Mr Burdon did not apply for bail at today’s hearing and will face court again in January.



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Adelaide Remand Centre escapee Jason Burdon recaptured in Eden Hills


South Australian prison escapee Jason Burdon has been arrested in Adelaide’s south after being tracked down by a police helicopter.

Burdon escaped from the kitchen of the Adelaide Remand Centre on Tuesday morning by abseiling out the window on a rope of clothes.

Police say he got away on a stolen electric bicycle.

He later allegedly stole a four-wheel drive from West Lakes Shore.

About 8:00pm tonight, police spotted the same vehicle driving on Marion Road at Sturt, in Adelaide’s south. Using a police helicopter, they tracked it to Eden Hills.

Clothes tied together hang from the Adelaide Remand Centre following Jason Burdon’s escape.(ABC News: Michael Clements)

The vehicle had allegedly been used in a petrol theft at North Brighton just before 6:00pm, and the driver looked like Burdon.

It is alleged Burdon rammed a police car while trying to escape arrest but no officers were injured.

He was arrested and taken to hospital with minor injuries.

He will face several charges, including escaping lawful custody and multiple traffic offences.



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Serial escapee Cedric Roberts sentenced over jail ‘juggings’, shiv attack | The Canberra Times


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A serial escapee who poured boiling water mixed with jam and sugar over three fellow prisoners and stabbed another in the mouth with a shiv will be eligible for parole in April next year. Cedric Roberts, 22, was sentenced in the ACT Supreme Court last month to one year and nine months’ prison for four counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. But, when that’s added to his existing sentences for unrelated offences, he’s looking at having served a total seven years and nine months’ jail by the time he’s released, or four years and eight months if he gets granted parole. The existing jail sentences relate to incidents in 2016 and 2017. In one, Roberts – having been refused bail in the ACT Magistrates Court – made a run for the courtroom exit and knocked a corrections officer to the ground before he was restrained. In another, Roberts was awaiting treatment at the Canberra Hospital when he was briefly allowed out of handcuffs to go to the toilet. He bolted for the exit and turned up the next morning at a service station, where he brandished a knife and yelled: “Give me the f—-en money, you bastard. Give me the f—en money [sic].” Police tracked Roberts down and took him back to the hospital that afternoon, but he sprinted off while handcuffed, climbed a fence, and made it into a residential area before he was apprehended again. On two occasions in October 2016 and April 2017, Roberts lit fires in cells at the Alexander Maconochie Centre and caused more than $18,000 in damage. In a judgment published on Wednesday, Justice John Burns said Roberts’ latest offending happened at the Canberra jail on September 20, 2018. He said the 22-year-old “jugged” three other inmates, having tipped boiling water mixed with jam and sugar over them, and stabbed a fourth prisoner in the mouth with a shiv. The three jugged men came away with burns, while the man who was stabbed had to get 10 stitches. Justice Burns said Roberts was 20 years old when he committed the crimes, and had a childhood “marred by exposure to violence and drug abuse”. He said Roberts’ conduct at the Canberra jail had been “initially problematic”, but it was “heartening” that there had been no disciplinary reports made against him since May this year. The judge said Roberts started work as a sweeper at the jail in June. Before Justice Burns set Roberts a non-parole period of four years and eight months expiring in April 2021, he noted the 22-year-old had already been refused parole earlier this year.

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