AUDACIOUS ESCAPE Murderer At Large
The Mercury Thursday 25th December 1941 (XMAS)
Cyril Estcourt, alias Robert Estcourt (26), a convicted murderer, who has been detained at Lachlan Park Hospital, New Norfolk, made a daring escape from the Institution yesterday.
Estcourt, who was last seen in the criminal division exercise yard about 3.15 p.m., was with about 30 other, patients. When they were called to tea, Estcourt apparently ran along a side fence, climbed on the stone wall fronting on the main hospital avenue, and jumped about 10ft to the road. He was not missed until all the patients were counted.
Convicted murderer, who escaped from Lachlan Park Hospital, New Norfolk, yesterday into the main division, and although a search was made immediately no trace of him was found.
New Norfolk police officers and other police in the district had searched a wide area by 10 p.m. and at that hour there was no trace of the escapee. Estcourt is 6ft. 2in. in height, is of slim build, and has a fresh complexion. He has one finger missing on the right hand and the third and fourth fingers missing on the left hand. He has tattoo marks on both arms. The police are anxious to hear from anyone able to give any information about the escaped man. Estcourt was concerned In a murder at Grass Tree Hill, near Risdon, in 1939.
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[July 13, 2013 at 10:32 PM](http://royalderwent.com/blog/2011/06/audacious-escape-murderer-at-large-news-from-the-past/comment-page-1/#comment-38919) [(Edit)](http://royalderwent.com/wp-admin/comment.php?action=editcomment&c=38919 "Edit comment")He was eventually recaptured. Some years later around 1952 he was working through the prison at Govt house I think and he heard a boy drowning. He saved him and sent him on his way. The boy told his father who presented Estcourt with a gold watch. Shortly thereafter he was pardoned for his crimes and lived the rest of his life in Hobart dying in he late 70′s.