Guard drops ammo at funeral
A PRISON guard has left an ammunition magazine behind at a funeral in an embarrassing security bungle.
An inquiry has been launched into how the armed officer came to misplace the high-powered ammo.
The officer had been escorting a prisoner to the service from the Ravenhall Correctional Centre in Melbourne’s western suburbs when the blunder happened.
After leaving the funeral venue, the guard realised he had left the his ammo behind but, after making a hasty return, he found it.
It is unclear whether the officer knowingly removed the magazine or it fell from his body.
An internal review has been launched by GEO Group Australia, the private prison opera- tor that runs Ravenhall. A spokesman for the company said police were immediately told of the mishap and the clip was recovered quickly.
“Appropriate action will be taken once the review has been completed,” the spokesman said.
Prisoners are allowed out of the state’s jails to attend funerals, provided their application is approved by Corrections Victoria.