Yatala Labour Prison Incident (S2)

Legislative Council
Wednesday 28th of SEPTEMBER 2016

Question time


Yatala Labour Prison Incident

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS ( 15:14 :19 ): Supplementary: this was the first time Mr Morrison had been in custody. He was on remand awaiting the return of a home detention bailing priority at the time and had not been convicted of any charges. If not for overcrowding then why was this man in Yatala prison?

The Hon. P. MALINAUSKAS (Minister for Police, Minister for Correctional Services, Minister for Emergency Services, Minister for Road Safety) ( 15:14 :38 ): There are a couple of things that I will point out: the reason that he was in Yatala Labour Prison was because he was remanded into custody as the result of some rather serious charges that were brought against him, including that of rape. That was why the court decided to remand the gentleman into custody. In terms of what facility he was in, the chamber should be aware that, and I am advised, remand prisoners go to prisons across the state not just the Remand Centre.

There will be a whole range of things that will contribute to where a person is remanded into custody. We have remand prisoners not just in the Remand Centre or the Yatala Labour Prison but we also have remand prisoners, as I understand, in places like Port Lincoln. It is not uncommon for remand prisoners to be in places outside of the Remand Centre itself. To answer your question, the reason why the deceased gentleman found himself in Yatala Labour Prison was because a court made a decision as a consequence of the serious charges that were brought against him, including that of rape, that he should be remanded into custody. That is why he found himself in Yatala Labour Prison.

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