A WOMAN recaptured near Inverell after escaping from a Sydney prison has been sentenced to further time in jail.
Vanessa Apoleski, 40, appeared via videolink in Moree Local Court on one count of escaping lawful custody, following the September 14 breakout.
Apoleski fled the Bolwarra Transitional Centre at Emu Plains with three other women.
She remained on the run until a random vehicle stop on the Gwydir Highway near Inverell last Friday.
New England Highway Patrol stopped the vehicle she was travelling in after checks revealed it was stolen.
Apoleski was nearing the end of her sentence and had been approved for day leave at the Bolwarra Transitional Centre when she escaped.
During the brief proceedings, Magistrate Michael Holmes sentenced Apoleski to another term in jail.
She’s been ordered to serve 12 months in jail, starting on April 28, 2014 – the day she was due for release for other offences. Apoleski will serve out her time in a high-security prison.
Jamie Duckett, 30, who is also accused of escaping the women’s prison with Apoleski, was allegedly behind the wheel at the time of last Friday’s offence and recorded a positive breath-test at the scene.
She was taken to Inverell Police Station where she allegedly returned a reading of 0.057.
She’s been charged with escaping lawful custody and mid-range drink-driving.
Duckett appeared briefly in Moree Local Court but had her case adjourned until December 9.
She was refused bail.
Two other women, Deanna Daley, 20, and Jade Nykolyn, 30, remain on the run.
Anyone with information about their whereabouts is urged not to approach them but to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.