Financial Crimes Squad detectives have charged six current and former Hakea Prison staff members as part of an ongoing investigation into alleged breaches of non-disclosure requirements placed on them by the Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC).
During the course of a joint-investigation conducted by the CCC, WA Police Force and the Department of Justice in 2020 into an alleged assault of an inmate at Hakea Prison, and associated falsified records, several current and former staff members from Hakea Prison were interviewed by CCC investigators and made subject of non-disclosure requirements – meaning they were not to disclose details of the CCC investigation to any other person.
It will be alleged the six staff members failed to comply with the non-disclosure requirement, with several breaching the lawful requirement on several occasions. The staff below have been charged with ‘Disclosed restricted matter – persons served with notice or summons’:
– Prison Officers:
o A 27-year-old woman (four counts)
o A 29-year-old man (one count)
o A 36-year-old man (four counts)
o A 45-year-old man (seven counts)
– Senior Prison Officer:
o A 55-year-old woman (two counts)
– Medical Support Staff:
o A 46-year-old woman (former staff member; four counts)
The 46-year-old woman is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court tomorrow, Tuesday 12 January 2021, while the remaining five staff are due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court today, Monday 11 January 2021.
The maximum penalty for this offence, under the Corruption, Crime and Misconduct Act 2003 (WA), is 3 years’ imprisonment and a $60,000 fine.
The 36-year-old male Prison Officer was previously charged with ‘Assault Occasioning Bodily Harm’ and ‘Public Officer making a false entry in any Record’. He is next due to appear in the Armadale Magistrates Court on those charges tomorrow, Tuesday 12 January 2021.
The Senior Prison Officer (55-year-old woman) and two of the Prison Officers (45-year-old man and 29-year-old man) were previously charged with ‘Public Officer making a false entry in any Record’. In relation to their next court dates for those charges, the 55-year-old woman is next due to appear in the Armadale Magistrates Court tomorrow, Tuesday 12 January 2021, the 29-year-old man is next due to appear in the Perth District Court on Friday 5 February 2021, and the 45-year-old man is next due to appear in the Armadale Magistrates Court on Tuesday 16 February 2021.
The 27-year-old female Prison Officer was previously charged with ‘Public Officer omitted to make an entry in any Record’. She is next due to appear in the Perth District Court on Friday 5 February 2021.
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