Killick out of one prison and straight back into another

AFTER 14 years in jail, one of Sydney's most infamous and violent criminals is on the verge of being released.

There's just one catch: the moment he walks free, detectives will be on hand to arrest and extradite him to Queensland, where he faces at least two more years behind bars.

Convicted armed robber and helicopter escapee John Reginald Killick appeared before a NSW State Parole Authority hearing at Parramatta Court on Friday, having served time for an armed robbery in 1999 in which a police officer was wounded.

Killick is no stranger to prison, having been locked up for armed hold-ups in 1966, 1972, 1981 and 1985.

In a desperate plea for freedom on Friday, he argued his life of crime was finally over because he has kicked the chronic gambling addiction that fuelled it.

Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald.

Topics:  extradition prison prison escape

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