Wanted man to be extradited back to Gold Coast after 10 years on the run

A man who’s spent more than a decade on the run from police will be extradited to the Gold Coast today, after finally handing himself into police this week.

49-year-old Michael Tillman has been wanted by Queensland Police for 11 years over attempted murder charges regarding an incident in Surfers Paradise back in September, 2010.

He’s accused of stabbing another man 11 times, pulling out his teeth and trying to gouge his eyes in an altercation that’s understood to have been sparked over common interest in a nightclub dancer.


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He was charged with attempted murder and grievous bodily harm over the incident. The victim survived the attack.

After evading police ever since, Tillman handed himself into a police station in Sydney on Wednesday.

Queensland Police since travelled down there to apply for his extradition back to the Gold Coast.

He’s now expected to touch down this afternoon and will then be taken to the Southport Watch House.

It’s not yet clear exactly when he’ll front court, but it’s understood he’ll also be formally charged over a separate assault incident at a Benowa Tavern as well.

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