A convicted murderer who had just been denied parole is on the run after he absconded from a community work site at Cooma.
Adam John Bowhay, 34, was sentenced to 23 years jail for the 1997 stabbing murder of Steven Jarvis at Casino in northern NSW in 1997.
He was carrying out community work at local oval with two other inmates on Tuesday afternoon when he fled and he has not been seen again since.
NSW Corrective Services said Bowhay, who was given a minimum sentence of 16 years, had recently had his parole refused by the NSW State Parole Authority.
It was recommended by the Serious Offenders Review Council that he instead participate in "more approved external leave before being considered for parole".
"He had progressed to the lowest security classification having spent 16 years behind bars," a NSW Corrective Services spokeswoman said."He was doing community work for Cooma Council as part of an approved pre-release work program."
The body of 42-year-old Mr Jarvis was found in a reserve near the banks of the Richmond River by a couple walking their dog in March 1997. A post mortem revealed he had been stabbed six times in the neck.
Bowhay, then aged 18, and his girlfriend had befriended Mr Jarvis the previous night at a pub in town. After he was killed the pair ransacked their victim's room, taking a small amount of money and a key card which they later tried to use.
They then fled town and were eventually caught in the northern Victorian town of Tallangatta.
Bowhay told his NSW Supreme Court trial that he had killed Mr Jarvis because he hadinappropriatelytouched his girlfriend.
However in sentencing Bowhay, Justice John Dunford said the murder was a "deliberate and callous attack on one of the less fortunate members of the community, who was quite incapable of defending himself".
Police on Tuesday urged anyone who spotted Bowhay not to approach him but to call Triple Zero.
He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, approximately 184cm tall, medium/large build, bald head and clean shaven. He has tattoos around his neck, upper arm and legs.
Bowhay was last seen wearing work gear which consists of a fluorescent yellow shirt and blue and green King Gee brand long pants.