Convicted killer who cut off his electronic tracker for the second time this year is arrested after a 17-hour manhunt
- A convicted murderer did not return to the Adelaide pre-release centre on Friday
- Daniel Weetra had also cut off his tracking device sparking a 17-hour manhunt
- He was arrested on Saturday afternoon after turning himself in at a police station
A convicted murderer sparked a manhunt after cutting off his electronic tracker while on parole for the second time this year.
Daniel Weetra, 39 had failed to return to the Adelaide Pre-Release Centre after cutting his tag off just before 10pm on Friday evening.
Weetra was arrested without incident just before 3.30pm on Saturday when he turned himself in at a police station, South Australian Police said.
Convicted murderer Daniel Weetra (pictured) sparked a manhunt after cutting off his electronic tracker while on parole for the second time this year
Correctional Services Minister Corey Wingard said prior to the arrest that Weetra, who has a criminal history dating back to 1997, was supposed to have returned to the pre-release centre on Friday at 9pm.
Mr Wingard said the fact Weetra had cut off his tag twice in the past year was ‘unacceptable’, adding he would be conducting a review of the incident.
‘Public safety is paramount,’ he told the Adelaide Advertiser at a press conference on Saturday.
‘I will be doing everything in my power to ensure this does not happen again.’
Weetra was given a life sentence after fatally shooting 75-year-old Frank Webster during a home invasion on September 29, 2000.
He pleaded guilty to the murder of Mr Webster and was given a non-parole period of 13 years.
Daniel Weetra had failed to return to the Adelaide Pre-Release Centre (pictured) after cutting his tag off just before 10pm on Friday