Amy Sharp: Teenage fugitive contacts media asking them to use a more flattering mugshot

'Amy is considered a low risk to the public and was in custody for property offences'

Jacob Furedi
Monday 29 August 2016 17:21
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New South Wales Police Department released Ms Sharp's mugshots
New South Wales Police Department released Ms Sharp's mugshots

An Australian teenager who was on the run from police has got in touch with a media outlet asking them to use a more flattering photograph of her.

Amy Sharp became the subject of a police hunt after she escaped from Surry Hills Corrective Services Cell Complex in Sydney.

7 News Sydney reported the incident by uploading two mugshots of Ms Sharp onto its Facebook page.

She responded by commenting on the post, suggesting an alternative photo be used.

Ms Sharp wrote: “Can you use this photo, please and thank you. Yours Truly, Amy Sharp xx".

The 18-year-old also included an angel emoji and a photo of herself smiling.

New South Wale Police Force described Ms Sharp as “a low risk to the public and was in custody for property offences.”

The police department has since confirmed Ms Sharp has been detained. She was found close to the detention facility from which she escaped and was charged with escaping lawful custody, as well as an outstanding warrant.

Ms Sharp is not the first fugitive to be displeased with their mugshot. In Ohio, one man sent the police a selfie with a note that read: “Here is a better photo that one is terrible."

Some commentators have suggested police were able to track the teenager’s location using her Facebook comment. New South Wales Police are yet to comment on this.

Since being posted, her comment has attracted more than 61,000 likes.

Ms Sharp was later refused bail and attended Parramatta Bail Court.

Despite her request, 7 News Sydney used the same two mugshots in a follow-up post after her arrest.

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