Police are now reviewing options to pursue a suspect following his escape from the country.
The 19-year-old man was taken into custody over an alleged stabbing in Gladstone on October 30. He was transferred to Rockhampton Hospital soon after the incident, but a bureaucratic bungle saw him released without police being notified.
The oversight allowed the man to flee overseas without being charged. It's believed he is now in the UK.
A police spokesperson has said policies are being reviewed to prevent similar incidences occurring.