10 July 2021

UPDATED: Dramatic prisoner escape ends with surrender in Lyneham roof space

| Genevieve Jacobs
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“Specialist negotiators facilitated the safe surrender of the man at about 9:00 pm,” ACT Policing said in a statement.

“Two females, believed to have been involved in the escape, were also arrested at the Lyneham house”.

All three people have been transported to the ACT Watch House and will appear in the ACT Magistrates Court on Saturday. Police said investigations are continuing.

ACT Policing has thanked the public for their cooperation and assistance during the operation.

Anyone with information that could assist police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Information can be provided anonymously.

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Some dash-cam video of the incident. Still waiting for the RiotACT to ask the Minister why this family sedan was being mis-used for this purpose, despite a report describing it as unfit for this use.

CCTV footage on the News doesn’t paint a very heroic picture. ACT corrective services guard had hold of the prisoner and then let him go. If cowardice was an Olympic sport that guy just got gold!

FUBAR. This regime received a report from the ACT Inspector of Correctional Services in November 2020 about the Court Transport Unit, which says on page 18 –

“During the review, the CTU received a Toyota Camry to replace their eight-seat Toyota HiAce van (Romeo 1). ACTCS advised the review that the vehicle was ‘purchased specifically for detainees at risk of suicide or self-harm…’ and that ‘the seating configuration is driver, and two staff in the back seat on either side of the detainee.’2
The Corrections Management (Escort) Policy and Procedure 2017 specifies that detainees at-risk ‘due to suicide or self-harm concerns must be escorted in a sedan or station wagon’. However, CTU officers believe the Toyota Camry is too small in situations where staff need to wear bulky personal protection equipment (PPE), such as body pads, on escorts of potentially violent detainees. One officer described it as ‘unfit for purpose’.
In reality, and even leaving aside the PPE issue, a Toyota Camry is a mid-sized family car with a back seat that would be a tight squeeze for three average size adults. It is unclear to us why an at-risk detainee could not be transported safely in a larger-seat capacity vehicle that would provide more room for the detainee and safe-distancing of staff. Further, as the Camry is unsuitable as a general-use escort vehicle it may end up being underutilised and poor value for money.
Due to the evident unsuitability of the Camry, the CTU reverted to using the old Romeo 1 Toyota HiAce even though it had partly been stripped of its ACTCS decals. The future of the Camry was unknown at the time of writing.”

Finagen_erection9:29 am 10 Jul 21

Nice work ACT Police.
Not so sure about ACT Corrective Services. If it’s that easy, just give the detainees a bus ticket next time!

Yet another example of the piss poor way this place is run.

I have a couple of questions. My understanding is that prisoners don’t know, or aren’t supposed to know, when they have appointments outside of the jail because it increases the escape risk. So how did this bloke and his accomplices know?

And why wasn’t a caged vehicle used for transporting the prisoner instead of a family sedan?

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