A man wanted for escaping a central Queensland prison has been found naked hiding in a cane field.
Brian Illington Trent Tapim, 23, was arrested by police Monday afternoon – 36 hours after he allegedly escaped from Capricornia Correctional Centre with Jermaine Lee Anderson, 30.
Tapim was found more than 300 kilometres away on an Oakenden property, south of Mackay, after walking into the home of a local cane farmer, the Daily Mercury reported.
Brian Illington Trent Tapim, 23, was arrested by police Monday afternoon (pictured) after he was found naked hiding in a cane field
Tapim (left) was found 36 hours after he allegedly escaped from Capricornia Correctional Centre with Jermaine Lee Anderson, 30
Farmer Col Sievers said Tapim grabbed a pair of his trousers off his clothes line before walking into his home to beg for a glass of water.
‘When he hit our place, he had stripes of soot all over him, he had painted himself to stop the mosquitoes eating him or something,’ Mr Sievers told the publication.
‘He said, “give me a glass of water, I’ll die if you don’t”.’
Mr Sievers said Tapim tried to steal a car from his garage but failed and began soaking himself with a hose outside his neighbour’s house.
Mr Sievers and his neighbour Amber Manteit alerted the authorities, and Tapim was arrested about 3.30pm.
An alleged female accomplice accused of driving Tapim to Oakenden was also arrested.
Tapim is expected to appear at the Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
Tapim was found more than 300 kilometres away from the prison (pictured) on an Oakenden property
Anderson remains on the run since missing the roll call on Sunday morning.
The Rockhampton Morning Bulletin reports the pair used a wheelie bin and a doona to scale the razor-wire perimeter fence of the facility.
Anderson is serving six years in jail for assaulting two taxi drivers in separate incidents in Rockhampton last year, during which he held a knife to their throats.
He’s described as 178cm tall of regular build with brown hair, a short beard and a southern cross tattoo on his neck.
Tapim is serving six-and-a-half years for assault, having spent much of his life since he was 14 in jails for a range of offences.
The 23-year-old has been assaulted multiple times while behind bars, needing two metal plates to mend a broken jaw and on another occasion needing skin grafts after having his ear and neck bitten.
A prison spokeswoman said both men still had some time left to serve on their sentences, however they may have been assigned to the low-security farm as part of rehabilitation programs.
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