The mother of recaptured prisoner Stephen Maddren is
''really happy'' her son is safe.
A barefoot Maddren, dressed in a green sweatshirt and
sweatpants, appeared in the Dunedin District Court yesterday
Last week his mother, Tanya Kelso, made an emotional plea for
her son to hand himself in.
She was told of his recapture via a text message from a
family member, and later told the Otago Daily Times
''I am really happy, really, really happy; I am so happy''.
She planned to be in court for his next appearance.
During yesterday's appearance Maddren, lacking the mullet
haircut described by police after his escape and with his
feet bruised and bloody, kept his eyes fixed on a corner of
He faced two new charges: the burglary of shearers quarters
and escaping from the Otago Corrections Facility on June 3.
Judge Kevin Phillips remanded him in custody without plea
The Department of Corrections said in a statement it was
pleased Maddren had been arrested. He became the first person
to escape from the Otago Corrections Facility and the first
to escape from any prison this year.
Corrections declined to comment on whether moves had been
made to alter Maddren's escape route to prevent future
Otago Corrections Facility manager Jack Harrison said an
operational review of the escape was under way.
This involves interviewing staff, prisoners and those who
searched for Maddren.
''We cannot comment in more detail until the review has been
completed,'' he said.
He acknowledged the immediate response and efforts of police,
in particular Clutha Taieri area response manager Senior
Sergeant Al Dickie and his staff, ''who worked long hours in
extremely cold conditions''.
Mr Harrison said he would like to recognise the efforts of
his team and to acknowledge the impact the incident had on
prison neighbours and the wider community.