Brenden James Abbott, also known as the
Brenden James Abbott, also known as the "Postcard Bandit".

The Postcard Bandit could walk free within weeks

INFAMOUS robber and prison escapee Postcard Bandit Brenden James Abbott could be paroled from jail in weeks.

Brisbane Supreme Court Justice Jean Dalton ruled on Wednesday the Queensland Parole Board had made errors when they denied Abbott parole last year.

In a judicial review of the board's decision Justice Dalton said Abbott had correctly identified errors in the board's reasons.

"There was just no evidence for the reasons of the board saying that it was necessary for you to be classified as high risk," she said.

Abbott, 53, is serving a 25-year-sentence for a string of armed robberies and a 1997 breakout from the Brisbane Correctional Centre, then called the Sir David Longland Prison, in Wacol.

Abbott was dubbed the Postcard Bandit after allegedly sending police postcards while he was on the run - but his lawyers have previously denied this happened; instead stating the pictures were meant for family and were found on an accomplice.

The court was adjourned until next week when Abbott will decide whether he wants to make a new parole application or have the board reconsider this application from last year. - APN NEWSDESK



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