A correctional officer's claims there was a mini-riot and an attempted murder at Maryborough Correctional Centre have been denied.
A correctional officer's claims there was a mini-riot and an attempted murder at Maryborough Correctional Centre have been denied. Valerie Horton

Prison riot, attempted murder denied by general manager

MARYBOROUGH prison management have played down a correctional officer's claim that a "mini riot" and an attempted murder took place at the jail.

The Chronicle received a tip from the senior officer about a series of events that took place on Friday and Saturday last week.

"I call it a mini-riot because not the whole prison was involved," he said.

Maryborough Correctional Centre acting general manager Peter Drage said there was no riot or anything that resembled a riot.

"At approximately 11.30am on Friday, August 2, an unknown prisoner commenced to throw a small number of food items (at) the officer's station," he said.

"As a result the area was locked down.

"The situation was dealt with calmly and professionally by my staff and the prisoners returned to their cells."

The anonymous officer said proper procedures were not followed when prisoners were released from their cells.

"There was no extra security when they were let out," he said.

"These guys have been locked up after an altercation and they're going to be let loose with no extra officer manpower."

Mr Drage said there was a minor incident between prisoners the next day.

"There was no attempted murder," he said.

"The following day, on August 3, a prisoner was assaulted and treated for minor injuries."



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