Posted on 8/09/2013
A PRISON escapee caught hiding in the roof of a Gold Coast home is back behind bars and faces lengthy jail time in two states.
Zak Luke Cree, 26, aka ‘‘ Zac’’, was one of three inmates to break out of the Glen Innes Correctional Centre in NSW in April where he was serving three years and nine months for break and enter offences.
The Banora Point man headed to the Gold Coast and just a month later he was busted hiding in the roof of his girlfriend’s Pacific Pines home.
Police found him after tracking a stolen car to the house and finding keys for the missing ute in his clothes. Officers also found stolen laptops from burglaries across the city dating back to 2011.
Cree yesterday pleaded guilty in the Southport Magistrates Court to seven charges, including receiving and possessing tainted goods, unlawful use of a car and driving while disqualified by a court order.
Magistrate Terry Duroux deplored Cree’s extensive criminal history, which solicitor Joe Wicking linked to Cree’s use of cannabis from age nine and heroin from age 16.
Cree was given a 33-month head sentence and will be eligible for parole from August next year.
However, he will then be extradited back to New South Wales to face penalties for escaping lawful custody.
His six-months pregnant girlfriend cried during sentencing as
his lengthy incarceration meant he will miss the birth of his first child later
Orginal Article: Gold Coast Bulletin, 7 September 2013