"Postcard bandit" parole decision delayed

POSTCARD bandit Brenden James Abbott will have to wait at least another week in prison after a decision on his parole application was deferred.

His solicitor Chris Nyst said he was informed this afternoon the Queensland Parole Board would withhold its decision until July 24.

"They seem to be frozen into inaction on him," Mr Nyst said.

Abbott, who is serving a 25-year sentence, became eligible for parole in 2011 but his full time release date is 2020.

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He infamously escaped prisons in Western Australia and Queensland where he had been serving time for robbing banks.

Mr Nyst hoped politics would not be a factor in the amount of time his client remained in jail.

"Politics have played a big part in his incarceration.

"I can only hope that good sense will prevail."

Mr Nyst has been representing Abbott since his arrest on the Gold Coast in 1995.

He said his client was handling the ongoing parole issues "as well as anybody could".

"He's a pretty resilient fellow and I think on the occasions I've had contact with him he's been quite stoic and resilient."

Mr Nyst said an application had been filed before the Supreme Court seeking an order that the parole board make a decision on his client.

That application is due to be heard on July 29.

"I think he deserves parole in the sense he has spent enough time in prison.

"On all reports he has been a model prisoner."

 

 


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