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Damage, but no escape charges for AMC inmate

A prisoner accused of kicking out a jail cell window and climbing out into a yard has briefly faced a Canberra court.

Colin Maxwell Booth appeared in the ACT Magistrates Court this morning accused of damaging a triple pane glass cell window and four internal wire mesh hurricane fences.

But he has not been charged with attempting to escape custody.

The incident is alleged to have caused damage in excess of $1000.

On August 13, convicted criminals Booth and Matthew John Millard are alleged to have used an improvised flame to burn through the window frame of their medium to maximum security cell, before kicking out the glass pane and crawling outside.

The pair are alleged to have picked up a hidden pitchfork and a small garden fork, and used the tools to break through sections of the interior fencing.


A guard noticed the damage to the fence and started a head count and correctional officers found no response coming from Millard and Booth's cell.

Booth and Millard ended their jaunt by using an intercom at one of the prison's gates about 2.45am to call the control room, telling them they were cold and wished to be returned to their cells.

The guards detained them without resistance or obstruction.

Booth is yet to enter a plea.

Police confirmed Millard will also face court at a later date.

Magistrate Bernadette Boss remanded Booth to reappear on the property damage charge on January 31.