A New Zealand fugitive, who embarrassed authorities with the ease with which he fled to Brazil while serving a life sentence for murder and child molestation, has been returned to prison.
Investigations are now underway in New Zealand into how Phillip Smith was able to amass several thousand dollars while behind bars, obtain a new passport and then take off on a flight to Chile and on to Brazil.
His taste of freedom only lasted a few days before he was arrested two weeks ago at a hostel in Rio de Janiero.
He was flown back to New Zealand on Saturday after being deported from Brazil.
Smith is “back where he should be, behind…
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