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EXCLUSIVE | Prisoner charged with murder had allegedly bashed another cellmate

A prisoner charged with the murder of his cellmate at Silverwater jail allegedly bashed his cellmate at another prison.

Police were called to Silverwater Correctional Complex at 6:30am on Thursday after corrections officers discovered the body of a 24-year-old man.

His cellmate, a 28-year-old man, has been charged with his murder.

Ray Hadley has revealed the 28-year-old had been transferred to the jail after allegedly bashing his cellmate at Parklea Correctional Centre.

Corrective Services NSW says it has now established a taskforce to look into how they allocate double-up cell placements in response to the incident (full statement below).

Ray says he’s at a loss to explain how this could have happened.

“You’d think he’d be kept in a cell by himself given he’s allegedly got a propensity to bash people who share a cell with him.”

Ray also reveals the murder may have been racially motivated.

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The 28-year-old man will appear at Burwood Local Court today.

It’s the second time in two months a prisoner has allegedly bashed another cellmate at Silverwater prison.

Corrective Services NSW Commissioner Peter Severin tells Ben Fordham the taskforce has been established to prevent it from happening again

“This particular issue is clearly in need of having a very thorough look at how we make decisions to allow people to be locked up together.

“Unfortunately our system at the moment requires us to do that more than we like to.”

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Full statement from NSW Corrective Services:

“Following the latest incident, the Corrective Services NSW Commissioner Peter Severin yesterday directed a Taskforce to be established.

The Taskforce will be led by three CSNSW Assistant Commissioners to take a systematic look at the assessments and decision-making processes used to determine double-up cell placements.

The review will begin in the state’s remand centres immediately.

Every death in custody is a tragedy and we want to ensure there are robust systems in place to prevent these types of incidents occurring.”