Guard drops ammo at fu­neral

Herald Sun - - NEWS - MARK BUT­TLER

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.

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