Former police officer gives stunning deathbed confession: 'My reasoning was illogical'

Kym Allen Parsons, now terminally ill, formally unmasked himself as the 'Bicycle Bandit' who carried out a number of bank heists across South Australia.

Kym Parsons seen leaving an Adelaide court.
"In short, Mr Parsons is dying," his defence counsel told the court. Source: Nine News

A former police officer has given a shock 'deathbed confession', formally unmasking himself as a notorious bank robber who carried out a number of heists across one Aussie state after years on the run.

The former cop and firefighter now says he is sorry to the victims he terrorised in the robberies he carried out across South Australia between 2004 and 2014 and has even vowed to pay back the money he stole in an apparent 'come to Jesus' moment in the final stage of his life.

Kym Allen Parsons, now terminally ill, admitted to a packed courtroom on Monday that he was the 'Bicycle Bandit' and pleaded guilty to 10 counts of aggravated robbery and firearms charges over the bank heists, in which he often used a bike to flee the scene.

The bandit pictured in balaclava during his robberies.
He reportedly never told a soul he was behind the bank heists. Source: AAP

The 73-year-old listened on as bank staff and customers outlined to the SA Supreme Court how his actions destroyed their personal and professional lives.

They spoke of post-traumatic disorder, anxiety, depression, breakdowns, social withdrawal and lost income, and partners and children who were also deeply affected by their traumatic experiences.

The court heard Parsons stole a total of $358,976.90 during his spree of stick-ups, a figure which he agreed to pay back.

Defence counsel James Marcus said his client had been a firefighter for 35 years but was forced out of the workforce due to suffering from cancer and other illnesses.

"In short, Mr Parsons is dying," he said on Monday. "Mr Parsons wanted this matter called on. Importantly, he wanted to bring closure to the victims of his offending.

"Ultimately, he will be saying goodbye to his family through prison bars."

Only Parsons knew of his secret crime spree. He never told his wife or family about the infamous bank robberies he carried out, Nine News reported.

Police on the scene following one of the Adelaide bank robberies. Source: Nine News
Police on the scene following one of the Adelaide bank robberies. Source: Nine News

Victim Jillian Pfitzner told the court her immediate reaction to being robbed was "sheer terror".

"I suddenly didn't know if I would survive and make it home to my family or be shot with a gun that was pointed in my face," she said.

"I want him to know how much trauma he has caused to the people and families involved in the multiple bank robberies and what they have lived with for the last 20 years and have continued to live with while he has been free," she told the court, according to AAP.

Another victim, Rose Lindner, said the fear she experienced after the robbery was life-changing.

"I would cry on some days just at the thought of just returning to my workplace," she said.

After 15 impact statements were read or handed to the judge, Parsons asked to read a statement before the crowded courtroom.

"I wish to express my deepest remorse for my actions, for my decisions," he said. "There are no excuses for my behaviour, my reasoning was illogical and irrational over that time."

Parsons said he hoped his guilty pleas might "bring you some closure and in time an opportunity to heal. I do not expect your forgiveness, I only ask that you accept my sincerest apologies and deepest remorse."

He will be sentenced on June 28.

with AAP

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