John Killick was to fly from Sydney to Brisbane and report to Queensland Police over an alleged breach of bail in 1993, but his extradition is on hold.
Helicopter escapee John Reginald Killick has had his extradition order put on ice.
Killick had been ordered to fly from his Sydney home to Brisbane on Thursday and report to Queensland Police over an alleged breach of bail 21 years ago.
But the 72-year-old former armed robber, who famously fled Sydney’s Silverwater prison in a helicopter hijacked by his then girlfriend in 1999, won an order on Tuesday delaying his extradition.
The stay, granted in the NSW Supreme Court by Justice Carolyn Simpson, gives Killick’s legal team time to seek a full review of the extradition order in the same court later this month.
He remains on bail with an electronic tag on his ankle and will now seek to have the extradition order overturned, possibly on May 16.
“His future is uncertain at best,” his solicitor Eidan Havas told AAP.
“It’s tough to get on with your life when you have this dark cloud hanging over your head and until such time as the dark cloud goes away he can’t fully begin to enjoy the rest of his life.”
Tuesday’s ruling is the latest twist in Killick’s colourful life, which at times reads like a novel.
He went on the run for 45 days in 1999 after his then girlfriend Lucy Dudko hijacked a helicopter at gunpoint and had it flown to Silverwater prison exercise yard, where Killick was serving time for armed robbery.
He jumped in the chopper and flew off amid cheers from other inmates and gunshots from prison guards.
After being recaptured he went back into prison until April this year.
Immediately after his release Queensland authorities produced a warrant for the pensioner’s arrest and sought his extradition.
Queensland Police claim Killick breached his parole in 1993 after an offence of violence armed with a dangerous weapon.
Killick’s lawyers, who are acting pro bono, claim the extradition order is invalid and a waste of taxpayer money.
They expect him to be released almost immediately on parole even if he is extradited to Queensland.