“PAY US $1M” – Thursday April 19 2012

– Carl Williams’ family plan to sue the Victorian prison system for more than $1 million for pain and suffering caused by his brutal jail death.
The claim comes a day after a scathing Ombudsman’s report revealed prison system bungling contributed to the fatal bashing.
A writ that could be served today – the anniversary of Williams’ murder – is expected to include a claim for benefits negotiated by the slain gangland killer in return for co-operating in a major criminal investigation.
The writ will be issued in the names of Williams’ father, George, his ex-wife Roberta, daughter Dhakota and stepdaughter, Breanane. Top barrister Dyson Hore-Lacy, SC, has been engaged along with junior counsel.
Solicitor Nicole Spicer said the Ombudsman’s findings had boosted the family’s case against Corrections Victoria.
The report revealed:
-Risks to Williams were raised with Justice Department secretary Penny Armytage as far back as January 2009.
-Telephone calls and letters from the prisoners closest to Williams were not acted on when they should have raised concern for his safety.
-Barwon Prison’s intelligence system had major deficiencies and the CCTV system monitoring Williams was inadequate.
-One intelligence officer interviewed was shocked that Williams’ murderer, Matt Johnson, was allowed to be in the same cell.
-Johnson’s mail carried a logo depicting a man holding two pistols.
Ombudsman George Brouwer said: “Mr Williams’ death raises important questions as to how it is possible that a high-profile prisoner in Victoria’s highest-security prison unit could be killed with an unsecured metal pipe from an exercise bike, and that prison staff did not find out about the incident for some 27 minutes.”
Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay said investigations into the killing were still running.
Taskforce Driver, one of five inquiries into the Williams murder, is investigating crime figures suspected of ordering the hit from outside prison.
Roberta Williams said she felt sad Dhakota would grow up without her father.
Carl Williams’ former lawyer, Rob Stary, said the authorities pandered to Williams because they needed his co-operation.
He said Corrections Victoria Deputy Commissioner Rod Wise had identified the danger, but nothing was done.
In the Ombudsman’s report, a supervisor with the prison’s intelligence unit blamed Corrections Victoria, as well as Williams, stating that the drug lord had no “prison sense”.
He couldn’t understand how Corrections Victoria allowed Williams to be placed with a “prison thug” like Johnson.
George Williams told “The Australian” authorities had reneged on a promise to remove Carl from Johnson in exchange for co-operation with ongoing investigations – Anthony Dowsley & Mark Buttler

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