Phillip John Smith back in court over escape bid

  • 22/07/2016
Phillip John Smith (file)
Phillip John Smith (file)

Convicted murderer Phillip John Smith is to stand trial over his alleged bid for freedom in South America.

Smith, 41, was on temporary release from Spring Hill Prison in Waikato when he allegedly fled to Brazil in November 2014 using a passport issued under his birth name Phillip Traynor.

He was returned to New Zealand and will on Friday appear in the Auckland District Court for a one-day trial charged with escaping custody and false representation in relation to obtaining his passport.

Smith was jailed in 1996 for at least 13 years for murdering the father of a 12-year-old Wellington boy he had been molesting.