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Postcard Bandit makes bid to stay charge

AAP logoAAP 1/11/2016 Rebecca Le May

A Perth court will hear a bid by the serial bank robber dubbed the "Postcard Bandit" to have a charge from a prison escape 27 years ago put permanently on hold.

Brenden James Abbott, 54, appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court on Tuesday, via video link from Casuarina prison, charged with escaping from legal custody over his 1989 breakout from the now-decommissioned Fremantle jail.

A two-day application for a permanent stay of proceedings - which, if granted, will mean the charge will not be pursued by prosecutors - will be heard from January 16.

His lawyer Sarah Jessup says a significant amount of correspondence would be tendered as evidence.

Abbott will be there in person.

Tuesday was Abbott's sixth appearance in a Perth court since his extradition from Queensland in May.

He was granted parole in Brisbane in April, having served 18 years of a 25-year sentence for a string of robberies and another escape from a Queensland prison in 1997.

He was swiftly arrested on his release and unsuccessfully fought his extradition to WA.

Abbott is already serving almost 13 years in outstanding jail time in WA for armed robbery and assault during a riot at Fremantle Prison, and will be eligible for parole in August 2026.

If he doesn't secure parole, he'll be behind bars until January 2029.

As one of the country's most wanted men, Abbott earned his nickname while on the run following reports he taunted police by sending them postcards.

But that never happened and evolved from police finding undeveloped photos of him.

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