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Peter Foster back behind bars after life of cons

FUGITIVE conman Peter Foster is behind bars in Queensland after a Magistrate granted his extradition on contempt of court charges at Tweed Heads Local Cour.

Foster was arrested by Byron Bay detectives, at 3.20pm, on Tuesday, at Ewingsdale, cowering under a tree, following a foot pursuit with police.

The 52-year-old was taken to Byron Bay Hospital, where he spent the night under police guard, after suffering a punch to the mouth during his arrest.

On Wednesday morning, Foster was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station, where he was charged with assaulting police and resisting arrest.

At Tweed Heads Local Court, Foster's solicitor, Terry Fisher, entered guilty pleas on behalf of his client, who was dressed in a hospital gown, saying he had no intention of hurting police, or stealing an officer's gun.

"He was tackled by a plain-clothes police officer," he said.

"On the ground, he grabbed the police officer and in doing that he's grabbed the gun of one of the officers."

Magistrate Jeff Linden convicted Foster on both charges, but did not impose a penalty.

The court heard police found several computers in the house where he was staying that were connected to an online gambling website.

Foster has previously been linked to an online gambling scam.

Mr Fisher told the court Foster had been staying at Ewingsdale caring for his 83-year-old mother Louise, who suffers from diabetes, dementia and recently endured a heart attack.

But speaking from her luxury Gold Coast home, Mrs Foster said she knew nothing about her son's dramatic arrest.

"You probably know more than me," Mrs Foster told News Limited.

"I've got nothing to say about it.

"I'm 83 years old. I'm too old for all that rubbish."

Foster had been on the run from authorities for 13 months after failing to appear for sentencing on contempt of court charges in a Brisbane court in September, 2013.

Mr Linden granted his extradition to Brisbane's Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre where he will serve 18 months' jail.

In February, Foster was charged with using a carriage service (telephone) to menace, harass or offend, in his absence after he allegedly called his former solicitor Sean Cousins and threatened his life.

"It has never been a secret that he was there (in Northern NSW)," Mr Cousins told News Limited.

"I understood that he had a friend rent a couple of houses for him in the area and he has been hopping between the two for months."

On June 13, A Current Affair reported Foster sightings in Kyogle.

Timeline of a Conman:

  • 1962: Born September 26.
  • 1979: Became a boxing promoter at 17.
  • 1982: Declared bankrupt after a quit smoking product failed.
  • 1983: Became a TV producer and filmed a documentary with Muhammad Ali while living with the boxing great.
  • 1984: Introduced to Bai Lin tea by Ali's third wife Veronica.
  • Mid-1980s: Reportedly made $30 million from selling Bai Lin tea in England, Europe and South Africa, claiming it could result in weight loss.
  • 1987: Engaged Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, to promote Bai Lin tea and became a major sponsor of Chelsea FC football team.
  • 1988: Began dating English model Samantha Fox, who went on to promote Bai Lin tea.
  • 1994: Fined £21,000 for a trading standards offence after Bai Lin tea was found to be black Chinese tea.
  • 1996: Jailed in Britain for breaching laws regarding distribution of slimming granules.
  • 1997: Absconded while on day release from jail and fled to Australia. Was arrested and extradited back to the UK.
  • 1999: Convicted and jailed for four months in California over a trading standards offence for claiming his Chow Low tea could lower cholesterol.
  • 2000: Jailed in Britain for using fraudulent documents to obtain credit to buy a company that made thigh-reduction cream.
  • 2002: Cheriegate: Financial advisor to then British PM Tony Blair's wife Cherie over the purchase of two flats in Bristol. Spent Christmas with the Blair's at 10 Downing St. Cherie and Tony Blair agreed to be godparents to his unborn child.
  • 2002: Moves to Ireland and sells slimming pills called Trimit.
  • 2003: Upon landing in Ireland after holidaying in France, Foster is arrested and deported from the UK over his 1996 jail sentence for fraud.
  • 2007: While on house arrest in Fiji on fraud charges, Foster flees to Vanuatu to skip court.
  • 2007: Jailed for three weeks in Vanuatu for entering the country without a valid visa.
  • 2007: Jailed for four-and-a-half years for forging documents to obtain credit.
  • 2009: Released on parole after serving 18 months of his sentence.
  • 2011: Arrested by the Australian Federal Police for misleading and deceptive conduct over Sensaslim nasal spray.
  • 2012: Charged with contempt of court over breaching a Federal Court order not to participate in the weight loss industry.
  • 2013: Foster skips sentencing where he was jailed for three years by the Federal Court over contempt of court.
  • 2014: On February 14 Interpol alert issued for Foster's extradition to Australia.

2014: On October 28 at 3.20pm, fugitive Foster is arrested at Ewingsdale.

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