A 29-YEAR-OLD Kempsey man who allegedly escaped custody while on a hospital visit will return to court for a committal hearing in April.
Matthew Furner, who was aged 28 at the time of the alleged crimes, did not apply for bail and it was formally refused.
He appeared in the Port Macquarie Local Court before Magistrate Georgina Darcy on March 19.
No pleas were entered.
Furner is alleged to have escaped from custody while on a visit to the Port Macquarie Base Hospital on August 25, 2019.
He was attending the hospital under the supervision of corrections officers.
Furner has been charged with escaping lawful custody, assaulting an officer and common assault, stealing a car, two counts of larceny, entering lands, driving dangerously during a police pursuit, driving recklessly or dangerously, driving while disqualified and with false number plates.
Magistrate Darcy adjourned the case to the Port Macquarie Local Court on April 9, for a committal hearing.