NSW prison officers go on strike over possible murder charge for colleague who allegedly shot prisoner

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Prison officers successful NSW person gone connected onslaught successful protestation against the upgrading of a complaint against 1 of their colleagues, who allegedly changeable a antheral arsenic helium tried to flight custody adjacent Lismore basal infirmary successful March 2019.

The serviceman was archetypal charged with manslaughter successful February 2021, and pleaded not blameworthy successful February this year.

A proceedings was acceptable for October, but the officer, who cannot beryllium named, whitethorn person their complaint upgraded.

“All the disposable grounds successful this matter, including recently subpoenaed material, has been reviewed successful mentation for the upcoming trial, and the manager has determined that the due complaint is 1 of murder,” a spokesperson for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) said connected Thursday.

The shooting and decease successful custody was taxable to a coronial inquest, which was suspended aft a idiosyncratic was referred to the DPP for charges.

The wide caput of the Public Service Association, Stewart Little, said situation officers were furious that the complaint had been upgraded much than 3 years aft the shooting.

“Obviously the events person led america present to bring into question however we volition usage those weapons and however those weapons volition beryllium deployed,” helium said.

“The authorities needs to perfectly travel retired and enactment the precise hard and unsafe enactment that [prison officers] do.

“Our national stands with this serviceman and we volition support this officer.”

Little said radical could marque morganatic arguments astir the strategy astir captive transfers.

The corrections minister, Geoff Lee, said immoderate remark would beryllium inappropriate portion the serviceman was earlier the courts.

The 24-hour statewide stoppage from 6am connected Friday was scheduled to impact each areas of the correctional system, involving much than 5,000 workers.

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NSW tribunal cases were apt to look delays and visits to prisoners were rescheduled.

A Corrective Services NSW spokesperson said each prisons would proceed to run securely.

“During this play each indispensable services volition beryllium maintained,” the spokesperson said connected Thursday.

“We are seeking the assistance of the concern relations committee to instrumentality unit to work,” they said.

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