The South Australian bank robber dubbed the “bicycle bandit” has died two days after being jailed for 35 years.

Kym Allen Parsons had been granted access to voluntary assisted dying (VAD) for stage 4 cancer before he was sentenced for his crimes.

The 73-year-old, who often fled the scenes of his hold-ups on a bicycle, spent almost two decades on the run until a DNA match last year linked him to a series of armed robberies between 2004 and 2014.

SA’s Department for Correctional Services confirmed Parsons died Wednesday just after midday local time.

Parsons stole more than $350,000 in 10 bank robberies and attempted to carry out another.

He was sentenced in South Australia’s Supreme Court on Monday and given a non-parole period of 28 years.

Some of his hold-up victims have expressed frustration that he was able to access the state’s assisted dying scheme.

Rose Lindner says she and other victims are left dealing with Parsons’s “cowardly actions every day”.(ABC News: Meagan Dillon)

Victims left traumatised

Speaking outside court on Monday, one of Parsons’ victims, Rose Linder, said she was left with trauma from being held at gunpoint.

“As I lived it, it was horrific,” she said.

“The banks get their money back, his family get to keep all of their assets and he gets to take his own life on his selfish terms.

“Yet we victims and our families get to continue with [the consequences of] his cowardly actions every day.”

She thanked police for never giving up.

In sentencing submissions, 15 victims delivered impact statements — of which 12 were read aloud in court.

Many expressed struggles with PTSD, anxiety and depression.

Victims of crime advocates have previously raised concerns about whether people sentenced to prison should be able to use VAD.

Parsons was arrested in 2023.(Supplied: SA Police)

Stage 4 cancer

Parsons had stage 4 cancer and had his sentencing process brought forward in what his lawyer said was an attempt to bring “closure” to the victims.

He pleaded guilty to 10 counts of aggravated robbery in SA’s Supreme Court last week.

The court heard Parsons, a former police officer and firefighter, was in poor health and that his death was imminent.

Parsons read out an apology during sentencing submissions and was overcome with emotion.

“I do not expect your forgiveness, and I humbly ask you accept my sincerest apology and deepest remorse,” he said.

Strict rules surround access to VAD in South Australia, including having an advanced terminal illness.

“We do not comment on individual applications made for a VAD permit to protect patient confidentiality,” a spokesperson for SA Health said.

“Anyone who takes part in the VAD pathway can withdraw at any stage of the process.”

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