A fugitive surrenders after 30 years on the run

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Most fugitives do not last for weeks, days, or even hours after escaping from prison.

Try 30 years on the run.

An NSW man stunned authorities after surrendering to police nearly 30 years after escaping from Grafton Correctional Center.

Darko Desic, then 35, was serving a three-and-a-half-year sentence for growing cannabis.

In 1992, just 13 months after the start of his sentence, Mr. Desic shot a Shawshank Redemption-as a laborer and used a hacksaw blade and bolt cutters to escape the prison without leaving a trace.

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Instead of serving the remaining 29 months of his sentence, Mr. Desic spent the next 30 years of his life on the run, leaving the police in the dark.

Despite being a wanted man, Mr Desic lived a relatively peaceful life as a laborer on the beaches of northern Sydney, earning his living through paid jobs.

But it appears revenue has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing NSW lockdown.

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Strict restrictions are in place on construction and renovations across New South Wales due to his coronavirus outbreak, which means Mr Desic has lost his income and his home.

His 30 extraordinary years on the run ended last Sunday, Mr. Desic surrendered to the police.

Upon his surrender, Desic told police he feared being deported to Yugoslavia after serving his prison sentence. There, he expected more sanctions for having fled the country without having completed his compulsory military service.

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Mr. Desic has since been charged with escaping legal custody.

He appeared before the central local court on Tuesday, where he was denied bail.

Mr. Desic will reappear in court on September 28.

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