A fugitive has turned himself into police after allegedly escaping from a prison on the New South Wales north coast nearly 30 years ago.
Darko Desic, then 35, allegedly used tools including a hacksaw blade and bolt cutters to free himself from the Grafton Correctional Centre, now known as the Grafton Intake and Transient Centre, in 1992.
Police said the prison break took place between 7pm on Friday July 31 and and 7am on Saturday August 1.
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Desic managed to evade authorities for just under 30 years.
But his freedom came to an end when he turned himself into authorities on Sunday.
Now aged 64, Desic attended Dee Why Police Station and surrendered himself to police.
He's been charged with escape prisoner from lawful custody and faced court yesterday.
The man was formally charged and will next appear at Central Local Court on September 28.