Escapee killer's run comes to end after Tewantin capture

A MAN facing 50 charges of sophisticated fraud perpetrated on the Sunshine Coast has turned out to be a convicted killer who has been on the run for 15 years.

The 49-year-old, who absconded from a British prison in 1998, was picked up by chance at Tewantin on April 24 by detectives investigating credit card scams. He faced Maroochydore Magistrates Court for the second time yesterday.

He was originally charged on April 25 under a false name. Sunshine Coast CIB detectives travelled to the Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre at Wacol to charge him under his proper name.

He has been remanded in custody until a committal mention on July 15.

Sunshine Coast CIB chief Daren Edwards said the man, who was 14 at the time, had been jailed for life in 1978 after pleading guilty to manslaughter.

"He spent 20 years in jail and escaped in 1998," he said.

"He had not been seen or heard of until he was picked up at Tewantin.

"We knew there was more to him and it appears he has used several identities.

"We believe he has moved between Thailand, New Zealand and Australia.

"It looks like he has been coming and going from Australia since about 2003."

The man is believed to have travelled the world using false passports.

The accused is believed to have spent time at Tewantin, Cooroy, Bribie Island and on the Gold Coast.

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