Police released a photo of Joshua Mead, 27, when they were seeking assistance in locating him earlier this year.
Police released a photo of Joshua Mead, 27, when they were seeking assistance in locating him earlier this year. Source: NSW Police Force

Man who escaped custody to remain behind bars until 2016

A MURWILLUMBAH man who escaped from police custody in January will be behind bars until next year.

Joshua Mead, 27, faced Tweed Heads Local Court via video link on Tuesday.

Mead sat silently as Magistrate Michael Dakin read out his sentence over a string of charges.

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At 4.12pm January 28, Mead was in custody at Murwillumbah Police Station after appearing at the court next door. 

He slid his arm through the meal access door, reaching for the door bolt, before running through the charge room and front counter area, and out of the police station, the court heard.

This was witnessed by a member of the public, who alerted police.

Mead led police on a frantic police chase, and while he was briefly spotted around the Sunnyside Shopping Centre and Knox Park areas, he was not arrested again until February 21, when he was stopped by police in Nerang. 

Mead was convicted of:

  • three counts of stealing a motor vehicle
  • four counts of larceny
  • possessing housebreaking implements
  • possessing implements to enter or drive a conveyance
  • two counts of police pursuit 
  • driving recklessly in a manner considered dangerous
  • driving a motor vehicle while license suspended
  • exceed speed by more than 10km/hr

He will be eligible for parole on May 20, 2016. 

On December 12, Mead completed a two-month prison term for a string of offences, including destroying or damaging property, recklessly damaging property, having suspected stolen goods in his custody, larceny, possessing a knife in a public place, possessing a prohibited drug and not complying with licence conditions. 



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