Prison bar­bie canned with no of­fi­cial go ahead

Central Leader - - WHAT’S ON - STAFF REPORTER

A bar­be­cue for high needs in­mates at Auck­land Prison has been called off as or­gan­is­ers did not re­ceive the of­fi­cial go-ahead for the event.

A Corrections spokesper­son con­firmed the event, for res­i­dents of the Pare­moremo fa­cil­ity’s spe­cial unit, had been planned for next week­end.

‘‘It has now been can­celled, as no au­tho­ri­sa­tion had been given by the prison di­rec­tor,’’ the spokesper­son said in a state­ment on Fri­day.

The spe­cial needs unit houses in­mates with psy­cho­log­i­cal and be­havioural needs.

Se­rial rapist Ni­cholas Reekie – dubbed New Zealand’s most dif­fi­cult pris­oner – is among them.

He was sen­tenced in 2003 to pre­ven­tive de­ten­tion with a min­i­mum prison term of 25 years after be­ing con­victed for a string of vi­o­lent sex­ual of­fences.

Reekie’s min­i­mum prison term was later re­duced to 20 years on ap­peal.

The Corrections spokesper­son said the prison oc­ca­sion­ally hosted bar­be­cues – dish­ing up sausages and bread – ‘‘to mark group achieve­ments such as a pro­gramme grad­u­a­tion’’.

‘‘They oc­cur in­fre­quently, and are of­ten paid for by prison­ers.’’

DAVID WHITE/FAIRFAX NZ

A bar­be­cue in­tended for in­mates with be­havioural needs was called off.

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