UPDATE 7:15pm, May 30: Oops, he's gone again. NT Police are seeking public assistance to apprehend teenaged escapee Ian Pope (pictured) who escaped from Police custody this afternoon in Alice Springs.
Commander Michael Murphy said 17-year-old Ian Pope escaped when he was being escorted between the Court House and the Police Watch House at approximately 5:10 pm.
“He was last seen running towards the Todd River from the CBD wearing a black hooded jumper, long jeans, bright fluoro shoes and a black hat. He is also handcuffed to the front.
“I urge Ian Pope to surrender himself or anyone that knows of his whereabouts to contact Police as a matter of urgency.
“We are appealing to the public to be on the look out for this young man and report any sightings immediately," said Commander Murphy.
Police do not consider Ian Pope to be a threat to safety but caution people not approach him.
Anybody who knows the whereabouts of Ian Pope or who may have seen him is urged to contact Police on 131 444 or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
UPDATE 5:30pm, May 29: Alice Springs Police have this afternoon located and arrested a 17 year-old youth who had escaped from custody on May 19. Commander Michael Murphy said the young man was apprehended in a town camp after members of the public had sighted him and called Police.
"This is a very good example of Police and the community working together to minimise harm in the town and reduce crime.”
Commander Murphy said the youth will be charged with escaping lawful custody and there is the possibility of further charges once he has been interviewed by Detectives. [Police release]
UPDATE 12:50pm, May 21: The Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service (CAALAS) shares community concerns about the recent escape of seven young detainees from the Alice Springs Juvenile Detention Centre. “The events of this weekend serve as an unnecessary reminder of the shortcomings of youth detention facilities in Central Australia and the pressing need for a purpose built facility,” says CAALAS Principal Legal Officer Mark O’Reilly.
UPDATE 4:50pm, May 19: Only Ian Pope (pictured below) is still at large.
UPDATE 1:00pm, May 19: Camphoo, Jebydah, Lovegrove and Russell have been recaptured.
Police are seeking public assistance to find seven youths who escaped from the Alice Springs Juvenile Detention Centre.
A Justice Department spokesman said they are considered dangerous but they do not include the three juveniles on remand for the recent alleged rape of two European tourists in Alice Springs.
The seven are believed to have entered a ceiling space at the detention centre to access a rear storeroom which enabled them to reach the outside where they breached the centre’s perimeter fence shortly after midnight.
Centre staff "were alerted soon after and called in the dog unit from the Alice Springs Correctional Centre which tracked the group for several kilometres but lost the scent at a town camp,” the spokesman said.
A youth was charged in Alice Springs Youth Justice Court this morning with two counts of sexual intercourse without consent.
He was remanded in detention and the matter was adjourned to July 2.
The police prosecutor stated about 24 further charges would be laid and applied for an extended brief, which was granted.
The defence lawyer made application to close the court, which the prosecutor said he would not oppose. Magistrate David Bamber heard the application in closed court but ruled against it.
However he suppressed the youth's name and all details tending to identify him, due to his age and the nature of some of the offences.
The youth's father was in court. The youth looked across at him a couple of times but otherwise kept his eyes on the floor.
Other charges against him include aggravated entering a dwelling with the intent to commit an offence, two counts of stealing, aggravated unlawful use of a motor vehicle, damage to property, aggravated robbery and two counts of deprive a person of personal liberty. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Pictured: The Youth Justice Court (formerly the site of a pizzeria).