Prisoner escapes custody – Fairfield

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Police are investigating the escape of a man who was being held in custody in Sydney’s southwest yesterday.

Prison inmate Michael Tuite, 19, was entered into the custody of police officers at Fairfield Police Station yesterday for the purpose of appearing at court later in the day.

He appeared at court and was taken back to the police station holding cells.

The man was reported missing when Corrective Services NSW officers arrived to take him back into their custody around 5pm.

Police searched the area but could not locate the man. CCTV shows him leaving the station around 4.30pm.

The exact circumstances of the incident are still under investigation.

Tuite was in custody after being charged with robbery and property offences.

A description of the man has been circulated to police across the area and investigations are underway to find him.

He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, 175cm tall, with brown hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing prison greens.

Anyone with information about the man’s whereabouts should immediately contact Triple Zero.