Another woman, Mary
Escolar Castilo, de facto of McMillan's co-accused Michael
Sullivan, also died
in the fire.
to link the fire with the pending trial, finding it was deliberately lit to
force authorities to move the women to another area of the prison.
first gained notoriety in 1983 when he was sentenced to 17 years for
masterminding a heroin import operation and then plotting to escape from
Pentridge Prison's D Division in a helicopter.
He ended up serving
10 years after convincing authorities he was reformed, but slipped the country
on a forged passport just months after his release.
Pentridge in early 1993 after serving 10 years of his 17-year
sentence for conspiring to import heroin.
He was allegedly
found at Bangkok airport with 250kg of heroin, worth $400,000 on Australia's
streets, in his luggage, along with about 30 false Australian passports in
months after his release.
three years in the famous Klong Prem jail, known as the Bangkok Hilton, awaiting
escaped using acid to weaken his first-storey cell bars and scaling two walls
using a makeshift bamboo ladder to scale two walls, one topped with razor wire,
the other, electrified wire, before swimming across the moat which surrounds the
decrepit jail in August 1996.
early-morning breakout was believed to be the first from the prison in 12 years,
and has severely embarrassed Thai prison authorities.
AFP sources have
said he was believed to have continued running his drug empire from within his
cell at both Pentridge and Klong Prem.
A week after
McMillans' escape, prisoners at the Bangkok jail said the Australian drug
smuggler was the hero of Klongprem.
But furious Thai
warders stripped Australian prisoners of their possessions as they rampaged
through the jail trying to find McMillan's accomplices.
The only other
Australian prisoner in the jail section McMillan escaped from, paedophile Bradley
Pendragon, said McMillan's Thai cell-mate had been beaten and at least three
foreigners had been sent to punishment cells.
"They even took
away the curtain in front of my toilet and some bits of string," Pendragon
"And they beat
the living crap out of the Thai. But he (McMillan) is a hero in here."
Nigerian prisoner agreed with a big thumbs-up.
Police put all Australian entry points on alert in case McMillan, who also uses
the alias Daniel Westlake, tries to slip back into the country.
Nothing was heard
of McMillan after the amazing escape, apart from a sighting at the
Afghan-Pakistan border, the biggest heroin producing region in the world, and
rumours that he was thrown into a high-security Swedish prison.
McMillan was a
master of false identities -- authorities have 25 surnames listed including
Westlake, Hunter and Poulter.
A drug user himself,
McMillan had also claimed to be involved in diamond smuggling.
The life and crimes
of McMillan took another twist in the Copenhagen city court in March 2001 after
the master of false identities was sentenced yet again for drug trafficking.
Federal Police confirmed David Peter McMillan was brought before the Danish
court on March 14 2001.
It is understood if
McMillan returns to Australia he could be charged with further offences.
Philip Dunn, QC, who
defended a member of the McMillan gang in the Melbourne trial, said McMillan was
an enigmatic criminal.
charming; a dashing buccaneer, very different from your average crim," Mr
Despite a criminal
career spanning more than two decades, the Federal Government has refused to
release details of McMillan's most recent escapade because of privacy