10 December 2019

Cooma man charged after escaping custody

| Michael Weaver
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Cooma man Leigh Campbell. Photo: Supplied, NSW Police.

A Cooma man who escaped custody from a courthouse in Cooma late last week has been recaptured.

Leigh Matthew Campbell, 35, fled from Cooma Local Court during a court appearance at about 11:15 am on Wednesday (4 December).

Officers from Monaro Police District commenced an investigation and launched a public appeal to help locate the man.

Following extensive inquiries, officers attended a home in Cooma about 1:00 pm on 9 December, where the wanted man was found in a bedroom hiding between two mattresses.

He was arrested and taken to Cooma Police Station, where he was charged with escape lawful custody and two outstanding warrants.

The man was refused bail and was taken to a mental health facility. He is due to face Queanbeyan Local Court on Wednesday (11 December).

A NSW Police spokesperson thanked the public for their assistance in this matter.

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