Margaret Quirk

Margaret Quirk

Minister for Corrective Services; Small Business

    Minister refuses interstate transfer of notorious criminal Brendon Abbott

    3/04/2008 12:00 AM

    Corrective Services Minister Margaret Quirk told State Parliament today that she had refused the interstate transfer of convicted armed robber Brendon Abbott.


    Abbott is currently imprisoned in Queensland.  He is serving a sentence of 24 years, seven months and seven days imprisonment for four counts of armed robbery, escaping custody, serious assault, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and breach of the Prisons Act.


    The offences were committed in Queensland while Abbott was a prison escapee from Western Australia.


    Ms Quirk told Parliament that Abbott had made application to transfer to WA on welfare grounds as his mother lives in the State.


    His son and son’s mother live in New South Wales and his girlfriend is in Queensland.


    “Having taken all relevant details into account, I have decided not to consent to Mr Abbott’s transfer to WA and I have advised the Queensland Minister accordingly,” Ms Quirk said.


    “In January 1988 while on remand, Abbott was a ringleader in the Fremantle Prison Riot and as result, was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment.


    “This conviction was additional to the 10 years’ imprisonment he received for the offences for which he was on remand.


    “In November 1989, Abbott escaped from Fremantle Prison and during the next five years committed a number of armed robberies.


    “He was arrested in Queensland in 1995 and convicted of offences committed in that State.


    “In November 1997, Abbott escaped from the Sir David Longlands Correction Centre in Queensland.  He committed three armed robberies in Queensland and one in WA before being apprehended in Darwin.


    “Abbott is also wanted in South Australia for numerous offences, as well as being wanted in WA for escaping legal custody and charges of armed robbery and break and enter.


    “Abbott has left a string of victims across the country and particularly here in WA - I am also mindful of the impact that his transfer could have on them and their families.


    “An additional relevant factor is that Abbott currently has an application in progress for an interstate transfer to South Australia on legal grounds.


    “While the basis for my decision is that I am not convinced that such a transfer is in the interests of the welfare of the prisoner, I also have concerns in relation to security regarding any actual transfer, as well as risks to the good order and security of the WA prison system.”


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