'Postcard bandit' Brenden Abbott wants tropical life
LAWYERS for one of Australia's most notorious bank robbers Brenden Abbott say plans to extradite him to WA after almost 20 years in jail is an 'abuse of process'.
Abbott, who once indicated he wanted to live on the Sunshine Coast, now wants to live in tropical north Queensland.
He is being released from prison on Tuesday morning but Western Australian officials want him to serve the rest of his jail term there.
He escaped WA's Fremantle Prison in 1989 and the Queensland's Sir David Longland Prison at Wacol in 1997.
He was labelled the Postcard Bandit for allegedly taunting WA Police while on the run, something his lawyer said never actually happened.
Abbott's history includes a string of armed robberies and as ringleader of a riot at Freemantle prison.
His armed robbers in Queensland involve more than $5 million which was never recovered, the ABC reported.
Abbott's lawyers say he had offered to return to WA in 2002 to serve out his sentence there but that offer was rejected by authorities there.
"We say that this process has been abused in a sense that he has been seeking to return to Western Australia now for nigh on 20 years," criminal lawyer Chris Nyst said.
"He has tasted the lash, we say that he has been adequately dealt with. He has been severely punished; he deserved to be severely punished because he broke the law but we say enough is enough," he said.
Earlier this year, the Sunshine Coast Daily reported the former partner of Abbott was selling two original paintings given to her during a 17-and-a-half-year prison romance that ended bitterly when the convicted bank robber was on the cusp of parole.
Tilly Needham who until recently lived in Cooroy walked away from the relationship after Abbott flew "off the handle" during a phone conversation with her mid 2015.
The paintings - portraits of Gough Whitlam and Mike Tyson priced at $40,000 - are exceptional art works.
On July 22 last year the Queensland Parole Board rejected an application for parole, at which stage Abbott planned to live after his release with Tilly in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.
Abbott's portraits include his lawyer Chris Nyst, tennis star Pat Rafter, cricketer Steve Waugh with one of his children, and the late stockbroker Rene Rivkin.