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NT: Naked mangrove fugitive pleads guilty to assault after 4-day hideout next to croc-infested water

Naked mangrove fugitive who hid in crocodile-infested mangroves for four days claims ‘uncomfortable’ time on the lam should slash his jail time – but is instead mocked for his ‘stupidity’

  • Luke Voskresensky was found naked in croc-infested mangroves on January 3
  • Court heard he was on bail for assaulting his girlfriend when he fled to swamp  
  • The 40-year-old pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and breaching bail in court
  • Voskresensky’s lawyer argued he already suffered in the ‘uncomfortable’ trees
  • But the prosecutor argued he bought a flight to Cairns the day before he fled

A naked mangrove fugitive who hid from police in crocodile-infested swamp has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and breaching bail.

Luke Voskresensky, 40, was nude, caked in mud, and clinging onto a mangrove in East Point in Darwin when fishermen found him on January 3.

Darwin Local Court on Wednesday heard he was on bail for assaulting his girlfriend when he removed his electronic monitoring device and fled to the jungle on New Year’s Eve.

Luke Voskresensky (pictured), 40, was found naked in a tree in a crocodile-infested swamp by two fishermen laying down crab pots on January 3

Luke Voskresensky (pictured), 40, was found naked in a tree in a crocodile-infested swamp by two fishermen laying down crab pots on January 3

Voskresensky (pictured) pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and breaching bail in Darwin Local Court on Wednesday

Voskresensky (pictured) pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and breaching bail in Darwin Local Court on Wednesday

Voskresensky (pictured) pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and breaching bail in Darwin Local Court on Wednesday

Voskresensky’s lawyer John Adams argued the sentence should be reduced since he already suffered ‘extra curial punishment’ during his ‘uncomfortable’ time in the mangroves, according to the NT News.   

But Judge Greg Macdonald said it was ‘self inflicted extra curial punishment through stupidity’.

‘I do accept that four days in the mangroves being chewed on by sandflies would have been particularly uncomfortable,’ he said. 

Prosecutor Simon Lipert said Voskresensky should not benefit from fleeing to the mangroves since he bought a plane ticket to Cairns the day before. 

‘He fled to the mangroves hoping to evade custody, evade police, in order to catch this flight to Cairns and who knows where he was going from there?’ Mr Lipert said. 

Judge Macdonald ordered Voskerensky to be assessed for a suspended sentence before he returns to court on Friday. 

Crab potter Kev Joiner points to Voskresensky. The court heard Voskresensky was was on bail for assaulting his girlfriend when he removed his electronic monitoring device and fled to the mangroves on New Year's Eve last year

Crab potter Kev Joiner points to Voskresensky. The court heard Voskresensky was was on bail for assaulting his girlfriend when he removed his electronic monitoring device and fled to the mangroves on New Year's Eve last year

Crab potter Kev Joiner points to Voskresensky. The court heard Voskresensky was was on bail for assaulting his girlfriend when he removed his electronic monitoring device and fled to the mangroves on New Year’s Eve last year

Joiner and Faust shared a beer with Voskresensk after saving him from the mangroves

Joiner and Faust shared a beer with Voskresensk after saving him from the mangroves

Mr Joiner and Mr Faust said the escapee informed them he had 'been here four days and I've been living on snails'

Mr Joiner and Mr Faust said the escapee informed them he had 'been here four days and I've been living on snails'

Joiner and Faust shared a beer with Voskresensk after saving him from the mangroves

Fishermen Kev Joiner and Cam Faust found Voskresensky naked in the mangroves as they dropped crabbed pots on the evening of January 3.   

Mr Joiner and Mr Faust said the escapee informed them he had ‘been here four days and I’ve been living on snails’. 

They said they only heard the stranded fugitive’s desperate cries when they stopped to drop their crab pots nearby.

‘We heard him screaming for help real loud: ‘help!’ And that he wanted water,’ Joiner told Daily Mail Australia.

‘When we got close we could see he was covered in mud and bites and his feet were swollen.’

The 40-year-old was treated for exposure and a series of bites to his feet after being rescued from the mangroves. 

Joiner (centre) and Faust (right) pictured with Voskresensky after finding him in the mangroves. They said his feet were swollen from bites are finding him

Joiner (centre) and Faust (right) pictured with Voskresensky after finding him in the mangroves. They said his feet were swollen from bites are finding him

Joiner (centre) and Faust (right) pictured with Voskresensky after finding him in the mangroves. They said his feet were swollen from bites are finding him 

Giant saltwater crocs are known to breed and lay eggs in the waterways around East Point.

‘There would have been crocs in there, for sure,’ Joiner said. 

‘We didn’t understand why he had no clothes on. We tried to talk to him but he wasn’t making much sense. He was talking gibberish really. 

‘My mate [Cam] had to give him his shorts. He’d done his dash and he was ready to give up.’

Voskresensky was hiding out in the scrublands – known in Darwin as ‘crocodile heaven’ because of the murky water and poor light – while awaiting trial.  

Those charges included aggravated assault, stealing and deprivation of liberty.

He was then charged with breaching bail and aggravated assault for attacking someone while on the run, which he has now reportedly pleaded guilty to.  

The 40-year-old was treated for exposure and a series of bites to his feet after being rescued from the mangroves

The 40-year-old was treated for exposure and a series of bites to his feet after being rescued from the mangroves

Voskresensky was hiding out in the scrublands - known in Darwin as 'crocodile heaven' because of the murky water and poor light - while awaiting trial

Voskresensky was hiding out in the scrublands - known in Darwin as 'crocodile heaven' because of the murky water and poor light - while awaiting trial

The 40-year-old was treated for exposure and a series of bites to his feet after being rescued from the mangroves


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