Brenden Abbott, the
Brenden Abbott, the "Postcard Bandit".

‘Squeaky clean’ postcard bandit seeks prison release

UPDATE: ONE of Australia's most notorious criminals says he's been keeping himself "squeaky clean" while an inmate at Woodford Correctional Centre.

Brenden James Abbott on Friday pleaded with Brisbane Supreme Court to overturn the Queensland Parole Board's decision in July to keep him locked up.

The controversial armed robber and prison escapee, who is known nationwide as the "postcard bandit", told Justice Jean Dalton he was on his best behaviour despite being kept in high security because of Queensland Corrective Services "policy".

Representing himself via videolink, the 53-year-old conceded he would be arrested and extradited to Western Australia once he is released.

WA authorities will not extradite Abbott while he is in jail.

"I'd expect to be arrested immediately," he said.

"I can't be arrested in prison; I have to be released on parole.

"They'll grab me even before I leave the centre."

Abbott told the court he should be reclassified as a low security inmate because that would help him win his freedom.

Abbott said corrective services was constantly "moving the goal posts", making it difficult for him to meet parole criteria.

"The policies ... won't let me progress to a lesser security classification," Abbott said.

"This is my fourth application for parole but they just keep moving the goal posts.

"They want me to do this and I jump through the hoops."

Justice Dalton questioned why the parole board decided to release Abbott last year but shortly after revoked that order.

"Corrective services officers ... recommended he get parole which rather tends to contradict any notion that they think it's necessary to keep him in high security," Justice Dalton said.

"The board either made them (the findings) on some evidence or the findings are erroneous and not made on evidence."

Scott McLeod, who represented the parole board at Friday's hearing, said the QPB did not have to take the officers' recommendations into account when making its decision.

Justice Dalton has reserved her decision.

UPDATE: THE Postcard Bandit's fight for freedom is on hold.

Brenden James Abbott  today faced a Brisbane Supreme Court judicial review of the Queensland Parole Board's decision to refuse him parole in July last year.

Justice Jean Dalton a few moments ago wrapped up the proceedings by telling the high-security Woodford correctional Centre inmate she would reserve her decision until a date to be fixed.

Abbott has spent more than 16 years in jail.

His notoriety increased when he escaped prisons in both Queensland and Western Australia

He originally became eligible for parole in 2011 and is actual release date is 2020

He has previously indicated he wants to live on the Sunshine Coast.

UPDATE: THE Postcard Bandit says he could be arrested and extradited to WA if he is released on parole.

Brenden James Abbott, who previously indicated he wants to live on the Sunshine Coast, is pleading his case for release in Brisbane.

Abbott is representing himself via videolink from Woodford Correctional Facility at his Brisbane Supreme Court judicial review of the Queensland Parole Board's decision to refuse him parole last July.

Abbott has spent more than 16 years in jail.

His notoriety increased when he escaped prisons in both Queensland and Western Australia

He originally became parole-eligible in 2011.

He has previously indicated he wants to live on the Sunshine Coast. 

EARLIER: A NOTORIOUS criminal who plans to call the Sunshine Coast home will continue his fight for freedom when he returns to court this morning.

Postcard Bandit Brenden James Abbott has asked the the Brisbane Supreme Court to review the Queensland Parole Board's July 2015 decision to keep him behind bars. 

Abbott is due to appear by video link at 12.30pm.

Abbott, who escaped prisons in both Queensland and Western Australia and has been locked up for more than 16 years, became eligible for parole in 2011.

He has previously indicated he wants to live on the Sunshine Coast.

- APN NEWSDESK



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