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Dangerous Qld sex offender nabbed in Murwillumbah

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A supplied image of Christopher Charles Gardner (Qld Police)
A supplied image of Christopher Charles Gardner (Qld Police)

A dangerous Queensland sex offender was arrested in Murwillumbah earlier today after ditching his GPS tracking device.

Authorities monitoring Christopher Charles Gardner lost track of him after he cut off the device in the Wacol area of Brisbane.

He was caught in NSW around 10am and is being held at the Byron Bay police station, where he is being charged with offences under NSW laws.

Gardner had served seven years behind bars for various violent and sexual crimes, and was subject to ongoing monitoring under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act.

Under new Queensland laws, dangerous sex offenders who remove their tracking devices face jail terms of up to five years.

NSW police told Echonetdaily that Gardner was arrested on four outstanding warrants, and was being charged with fresh offences committed today.

It’s expected that Queensland police will apply to have him extradited to Queensland.

Details of the fresh NSW offences are not yet available.


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