Man to be returned to jail after taunts

A former Newcastle bikie who goaded detectives in online videos during three months on the run will be returned to jail after being arrested in South and extradited to NSW.

David Brooks, 48, was flown from Adelaide to Sydney on Friday and returned to the custody of Corrective Services NSW.

He was arrested by South n officers in Gawler, north of Adelaide, on Wednesday.

Brooks, who spent time in jail on drugs charges, sparked a manhunt when he failed to report to Newcastle police earlier this year while on parole.

He used online videos and social media to taunt the detectives trying to find him.

Brooks set up a YouTube channel under the moniker “That Brooksy Bloke” on which he posted regular video updates under a series titled “Memoirs Of A Wanted Man”.

His arrest came barely a week after he posted a video inviting police to “come and look for me, come and capture me, lock me in your little jail”.

NSW Detective Chief Superintendent Stuart Smith on Thursday revealed investigators became aware of Brooks’ social media posts three days before he was arrested.

“We became aware of an individual taunting police on social media (and) obviously we don’t take these matters lightly,” Det Chief Supt Smith told reporters.

“It was his behaviour that allowed us to zero in on the individual and make a quick arrest.”

Brooks appeared in an Adelaide court on Thursday where a magistrate agreed he would be extradited to Sydney.

Brooks was served no new charges upon his return to NSW and is in the process of being returned to jail.

His original sentence had been due to expire on May 19 but now he won’t be eligible for release until August 18, a Corrective Services spokeswoman told AAP.

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