Aaron Hyde escaped from prison last year while being escorted in handcuffs.© ABC Information Photos
Aaron Hyde escaped from jail final 12 months whereas being escorted in handcuffs.

A Darwin man jailed over an ice-fuelled crime spree and deadly crash will serve an additional two years in jail after escaping custody and driving dangerously final 12 months.

Aaron Hyde, 22, had been serving an 11-year jail sentence for the 2015 crash that resulted within the loss of life of his 18-year-old buddy Ashley Richards.

The courtroom heard Hyde escaped from jail officers final April whereas being escorted in handcuffs from a Royal Darwin Hospital appointment.

He then stole a automobile and drove it erratically by Palmerston — at 90 kilometres per hour by a faculty zone — along with his handcuffs nonetheless on.

Hyde advised police after his arrest he had been attempting to apologise to the household of Ms Richards, however Justice Jenny Blokland rejected this rationalization throughout her sentencing.

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“It was a miracle nobody was harm … one thing Aaron Hyde is aware of full effectively,” she stated.

“It was severe sufficient that he escaped from lawful custody, nevertheless to drive within the method he did locations this course of conduct into essentially the most severe class.”

Hyde convicted of a number of prices

Hyde was convicted of a number of prices, together with escape from lawful custody, illegal entry of a home, stealing and harmful driving throughout a pursuit by police.

Throughout sentencing submissions, the prosecutor advised the decide Hyde’s rehabilitation prospects had been poor and he was nonetheless a hazard to the neighborhood.

“This was simply so harmful, not solely to the neighborhood, however to himself — precisely the kind of offending that precipitated the loss of life of his buddy,” he stated.

Hyde’s lawyer Julia Ker advised the courtroom her consumer was nonetheless younger and {that a} lack of grief counselling, alongside along with his time at Don Dale youth detention centre, had contributed to his escape and offending.

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Within the weeks earlier than Hyde’s escape, the courtroom heard he was having nightmares and certainly one of his buddies had died by suicide.

“What’s missing is any type of counselling or psychological help to cope with the problems he skilled after the loss of life of his buddy,” Ms Ker advised the decide.

“As the results of his actions, certainly one of his buddies was killed.”

Lawyer says remedy missing

The scene at the corner of Lambrick Avenue and Stuart Highway, where police said Hyde sped through a red light at 180 kilometres per hour.© ABC Information Photos
The scene on the nook of Lambrick Avenue and Stuart Freeway, the place police stated Hyde sped by a purple gentle at 180 kilometres per hour.

The courtroom heard Hyde did obtain 12 months of counselling after his time at Don Dale on account of suggestions from the Northern Territory’s youth detention royal fee.

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Nevertheless grief counselling had not been supplied to him in Darwin’s grownup jail, Ms Ker stated.

The courtroom heard Hyde was identified with ADHD as a baby and though a report on his time at Don Dale said his behaviour was a results of this, the decide stated there was no indication his situation was being managed.

This report referred to 151 incidents at Don Dale, which included self-harm and incidents the place Hyde was current however not a participant, together with 14 placements within the detention centre’s Behavioural Administration Unit.

“It’s clear he ought to hunt down and be supplied applications and remedy given the identified complicated background to his offending, together with ADHD,” the decide stated.

Hyde will now serve an efficient sentence of 13 years in jail, with a non-parole interval of seven years.


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