Escapees all caught

Protestors outside the Yongah Hill Detention Centre earlier this year. Picture: Alex Bainbridge
Protestors outside the Yongah Hill Detention Centre earlier this year. Picture: Alex Bainbridge

Two of the men were found about noon last Wednesday in bushland at Bakers Hill and two more were found in the same area later that night. They were taken to the Perth Immigration Centre.

The fifth man was found at Wooroloo late on Sunday and was returned to immigration detention.

A statement issued by the Department of Immigration on Monday, said: ‘The Department of Immigration and Citizenship today confirmed all five Vietnamese men who escaped from the Yongah Hill immigration detention centre last week have been found.

‘The final abscondee was located late yesterday by police in Wooroloo.

‘He will be returned to immigration detention.

‘The department has acknowledged WA Police’s assistance following the escape and the Northam community’s contributions reporting sightings and information to police.’

Shire of Northam President Steven Pollard said the recapture of the five marked ‘the end of the beginning’.

‘It is not done and dusted – investigations are ongoing,’ Mr Pollard said.

‘I have always said it’s wonderful to have it here as long as it doesn’t adversely affect our community.

‘My interest is in community safety.’

Mr Pollard said the process of recapturing the asylum seekers did not go as well as he had expected.

‘It came at a significant cost of resources. Many hundreds of thousands of dollars would have been spent on finding these five men,’ he said.