– A prisoner freed after allegedly setting fire to a maximum security jail unit during a riot is being hunted by police.
Dwayne Rowan Oakes was charged with arson after allegedly lighting the fire in his cell at Port Phillip Prison’s Charlotte section but later released on bail.
Mr Oakes has failed to appear in the County Court and police have appealed for public help to find him.
The 27-year-old was allegedly a prisoner in the Charlotte unit, the most secure section of Port Phillip when the riot broke out in 2010.
He is accused of being one of three prisoners who simultaneously lit fires in their cells.
Inmates and staff were injured and the blaze left a damage bill of more than $100,000.
Mattresses were allegedly jammed against prisoners’ cells doors and set alight.
Charlotte was closed for several days after the unrest.
After being granted bail, Mr Oakes went to South Australia before he could be extradited back to Victoria into the custody of Arson Squad detectives.
A warrant is in place for his arrest.
Mr Oakes is described as being 170cm tall, of thin build with blue eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion – Mark Buttler