Detective senior constable Gary Sheehan and Tweed Byron LAC supt Stuart Wilkins at the Peter Foster media press conference. Photo: John Gass / Tweed Daily News
Detective senior constable Gary Sheehan and Tweed Byron LAC supt Stuart Wilkins at the Peter Foster media press conference. Photo: John Gass / Tweed Daily News John Gass

Peter Foster extradited to Qld

Update: 3.20pm

Tweed/Byron LAC police have spoken about the circumstances surrounding Peter Foster's arrest near Byron Bay.

Tweed/Byron LAC Superintendent Stuart Wilkins and arresting officer Detective Senior Constable Gary Sheehan addressed the media on Wednesday afternoon in relation to Foster's arrest the previous day. 

"Yesterday afternoon after information from a community source, police attended an address in Ewingsdale," Supt Wilkins said.

"At that time they saw a male decamping from those premises.

"He was arrested and taken to Byron Bay Police Station."

 

Detective senior constable Gary Sheehan and Tweed Byron LAC supt Stuart Wilkins at the Peter Foster media press conference. Photo: John Gass / Tweed Daily News
Detective senior constable Gary Sheehan and Tweed Byron LAC supt Stuart Wilkins at the Peter Foster media press conference. Photo: John Gass / Tweed Daily News John Gass

 

The 52-year-old, then identified as Foster, complained about chest pains after being arrested.

He was taken to Byron Bay Hospital via ambulance, then Tweed Hospital for medical treatment. 

When he was released from hospital, Foster was arrested and charged at Tweed Heads Police Station for assaulting police and resisting arrest.

"He's been before the court on that matter and has been given a Section 10 bond," Supt Wilkins said.

Supt Wilkins said Foster would be extradited to the Southport Watchhouse, where federal warrants would be executed upon him.

"We were aware of his whereabouts for some time...but didn't have his exact location," Supt Wilkins said.

"We had information for the last month or so that he was in and around the Byron Bay area, but not a specific location, so this is a good result all-round.

"We believe he was living with another male person but we're uncertain how long he has been there."

Mr Wilkins said police didn't believe Foster had been caring for his sick mother in the house, as it was claimed in court.

 

Detective Senior Constable Sheehan said when he was arrested, Foster showed "a great deal of concern about his mother". 

"Other than that, he was quite cooperative," Det Sheehan said.

"He was very cooperative, quite remorseful, and actually apologised to (police)."

Det Sheehan couldn't comment on speculations Foster had been operating an online betting business. 

He didn't rule out any action being taken against those who may have helped Foster to hide out in the Northern Rivers. 

"We're certainly not looking into that at this point in time, but that's not to say other agencies won't," he said.

Police couldn't say how Foster came to be in the Ewingsdale home where he was arrested. 

"It's a fairly substantial property," Det Sheehan said.

"It's quite a wealthy-looking home, but I have no knowledge as to who owns it or...why he was there."

 

 

Initial report: Monday October 29, 1.29pm

RUNAWAY conman Peter Foster will be extradited to Queensland after facing court this afternoon.

Mr Foster appeared in Tweed Heads Local Court dressed in what appeared to be a hospital gown, and held his head in his hands as he waited for the Magistrate's decision.

Mr Foster pleaded guilty to assaulting police and resisting arrest, after he was arrested outside his Ewingsdale home about 3.30pm Tuesday.

Magistrate Jeff Linden did not place any penalty on these convictions. 

He fled his home when he saw what appeared to be a television crew approaching, and was soon after cornered by police in bushland.

Mr Foster's lawyer, Terry Fisher, said his client was "confused" and experienced an "adrenaline rush". 

Mr Fisher said the television crew, which the court heard was from Channel 9 - caused a "spectacular" and unnecessary display.

He said the Channel 9 crew should have "waited for police to arrive instead of pre-empting their arrival".

"He would have surrendered," Mr Fisher said.

"My client is quite keen to proceed with the sentence he had in Queensland."

The court heard Mr Foster grabbed the plain-clothes police officer who tackled him, grabbing his gun.

But Mr Fisher claimed his client didn't realise what he was doing and had no intention of hurting police.

"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.

"At that point my client should have realised he was involved with police."

Mr Fisher said his client had moved to Northern NSW to care for his mother who suffers from diabetes, dementia and recently endured a heart attack. 

He said Ms Foster hoped to visit his mother - who is currently in hospital in Queensland - during his time in custody. 

Mr Foster, 52, has been evading authorities since the Federal Court in Brisbane found him guilty of contempt of court, after his involvement in dodgy weight loss program SensaSlim, which cost investors millions of dollars.

He is expected to be transported by NSW Police to the Southport Watch-house later this afternoon. 



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