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Prison helicopter escapee released on parole

Convicted bank robber John Killick (left) hands himself into QLD authorities on July 4, 2014. He made international headlines during the 90s after his partner broke him out of a NSW jail via helicopter.
Convicted bank robber John Killick (left) hands himself into QLD authorities on July 4, 2014. He made international headlines during the 90s after his partner broke him out of a NSW jail via helicopter. Picture: Johanna Maree - 4BC Brisbane

NOTORIOUS armed robber John Killick was released today on parole after a six-month stint in Woodford Correctional Centre.

Mr Killlick is best known for escaping from prison in a helicopter with his Russian girlfriend in 1999.

He's been released with conditions on his parole and an ankle monitor that his lawyer Eidan Havas of Searle and Associates said was excessive.  

"It's just downright wrong, the way he's been treated over the last six months," Mr Havas said.

Mr Killick was extradited to Queensland to serve time for failing to report while on parole in 1993.

The 72-year-old originally spent time in jail in the Sunshine State for robbing a national bank in 1983.

Mr Havas said the conditions were inappropriate for a man of his age.

"Because he was deemed an elevated escape risk, they kept him in the high risk wings where he wasn't allowed time out in the oval," he said.

"And you can imagine, for a 72-year-old, he needs his vitamin D and exercise."

After complaining, Mr Killick was moved to the lower risk wing but because of overcrowding, Mr Havas alleges his client had to sleep on a mattress on a floor.

"For a 72-year-old that is unacceptable," he said.

Mr Killick will start working with young people and educating them on how to avoid gambling.

"Moving forward, all these bank robberies occurred because of a gambling problem," Mr Havas said.

"He wants to be the person that steers people away from that."

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