British ‘jet ski escapee’ back in WA court

British ‘jet ski escapee’ back in WA court

A BRITISH man who allegedly tried to flee Australia on a jet ski armed with a crossbow has been told he must enter pleas at his next appearance in Perth Magistrates Court.

David James Jackson, 57, took off from Cape York in Queensland and travelled across the Torres Strait packed with supplies for the 140-kilometre journey to Papua New Guinea.

But he was nabbed on the eastern side of Saibai Island, then extradited to Western Australia to face outstanding charges.

Jackson appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Thursday via video link from Hakea prison charged with offences stemming from his alleged escape attempt.

He was not required to enter pleas to charges of possessing stolen property and a prohibited weapon, and two counts of breaching bail.

His lawyer said she needed to take instructions from Jackson but her preference was to deal with his outstanding charges in the WA District Court first.

The case was adjourned until April 26 and Jackson was told he must enter a plea at that appearance even if the matter is dealt with later.

Jackson will face a sentencing hearing in the WA District Court on June 21 for his earlier offences of possessing methamphetamine with intent to sell or supply and possessing stolen property.