Four-month hunt for sex offender
Police spent four months trying to catch registered sex offender
who has a history of failing to meet his reporting obligations.
He has been involved in police chases in Mackay and Bowen.
At one stage he scaled a two-metre high fence in Bowen and fled into scrubland to avoid police.
But he was finally captured at Glenella on Wednesday afternoon after police drew a Taser and threatened to use it following a foot chase.
Sauney, 31, unemployed, has to report yearly to police, as a registered sex offender, until November 2021.
But every year for the past three years he has failed to make his annual report.
He was jailed for failing to report in 2007 and he was jailed again in 2008.
And he was jailed for the third time when he faced court on August 20 last year. His sentence was four months in jail, suspended after serving one month.
He was released from prison on September 18 and, as a registered sex offender, had to report his personal circumstances and residential address to police within 28 days.
“He didn’t make any contact with police at all,” prosecutor Constable Karine Evans told the Magistrates Court yesterday. Police have been trying to locate him since his release.”
On December 23, at 6.15am, police received a tip that Sauney was at an address in Bowen. A police patrol car went to check and officers saw him in the street.
“He ran through several properties, jumping fences,” Const Evans said.
“He was located hiding behind a shed.
“He ran again and scaled a six-foot high fence and ran through Queensland Rail property into scrubland and police lost him.”
Two off duty officers saw Sauney at Glenella on Wednesday and he was captured after another foot chase.
He pleaded guilty in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday to two charges of failing to comply with reporting conditions as a registered sex offender under the Australian National Child (Sex) Offenders Registry (ANCOR).
He was jailed for 12 months, to be released after serving four months.