Detainee recaptured on north coast

A MAN who escaped from an immigration detention centre six months ago has been recaptured by police on the state’s far north coast.

The 33-year-old Belgian National was discovered missing from the Villawood Detention Centre, in Sydney’s south-west, during a roll call about 9pm on Thursday 29 November last year.

A search of the surrounding area by police failed to locate the escapee.

Last Sunday, a man came to the attention of police for alleged drug possession and lewd conduct in the Byron Bay area.

The man was arrested and taken to Byron Bay Police Station.

Further checks by police revealed he was wanted by virtue of an outstanding warrant for escaping immigration detention.

He was subsequently charged with the outstanding warrant, as well as possess prohibited drug, behave in an offensive manner and peep or pry.

The man appeared in Lismore Local Court on Monday.

He was remanded in custody to reappear in Parramatta Local Court on the charge of detainee escape immigration detention next Monday.

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