'Postcard bandit' Brenden Abbott on way back to WA

ESCAPE artist and armed robber Brenden Abbott is on his way  to Western Australia after losing an appeal in the Brisbane Supreme Court.

Abbott, 53, was released on parole last month after 18 years in jail, but remained locked up as WA applied to extradite him.

He could serve up to 16 years in WA, where he broke out of jail in 1989.

A WA police plane was spotted leaving Perth airport on Tuesday afternoon, reportedly containing officers on their way to collect Mr Abbott from the Brisbane Correctional Centre at Wacol, News Corp reported.

On Wednesday morning, vehicles were seen arriving to transfer the prisoner from Brisbane Correctional Centre to WA authorities.

Abbott is facing charges in WA stemming from a 1989 Fremantle jailbreak.

He served 18 years of a 25-year sentence for a string of robberies and a brazen jailbreak in 1997.

The court was told Abbott offered to serve the sentences concurrently with his Queensland convictions.

He is expected to be extradited to appear in Perth Magistrates Court.

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