CRIMS RUN FREE

Sex pest and vi­o­lent of­fender among three jail­breaks in 36 hours

Sunday Territorian - - FRONT PAGE - HAY­LEY SORENSEN

TWO more dan­ger­ous crim­i­nals were on the loose last night af­ter walk­ing out of Holtze Prison.

Clin­ton Price, 27, and Ronald Kelly, 26, were last seen at the jail at 10.30pm Fri­day and were dis­cov­ered miss­ing at 6.30 yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Po­lice have warned the pub­lic not to ap­proach the men.

Kelly was once namechecke­d in a song by as­pir­ing rap­per and ac­com­plished crim­i­nal Ezra Aus­tral.

“I’m a moth­erfu-- ing fugi­tive on the run, me and Ron Kelly not stop­ping for any­one,” Aus­tral rapped in the song in which he also boasts of hav­ing firearms down his jocks.

Kelly and Price’s es­capes fol­low he dis­ap­pear­ance of one of the NT’s most dan­ger­ous rapists on Thurs­day evening.

The man, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, has served time in jail for rape, armed in­de­cent as­sault and ex­pos­ing a child to an in­de­cent film.

He was not in prison but was on a con­tin­u­ing su­per­vi­sion or­der af­ter the Supreme Court found him to be a “se­ri­ous dan­ger to the com­mu­nity”, un­der laws which for­mer At­tor­ney-Gen­eral John Elferink said were re­served for “the worst type” of re­peat sex of­fend­ers

At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Natasha Fyles or­dered a re­view of all pris­on­ers housed “out­side the wire” fol­low­ing the es­capes.

A re­view of Cor­rec­tions’ clas­si­fi­ca­tion man­ual was also un­der­way and would be made pub­lic, she said.

The es­capes will cause a headache for in­com­ing Cor­rec­tions Com­mis­sioner, ex-Bri­tish Army and long­time prison of­fi­cer Scott McNairn. He starts in the role to­mor­row.

Deputy Op­po­si­tion Leader Lia Finoc­chiaro said Ter­ri­to­ri­ans needed to be “con­cerned” about es­ca­lat­ing prison es­capes.

“Three es­capees at large presents a safety con­cern for Ter­ri­to­ri­ans and re­in­forces the neg­li­gence La­bor has treated Cor­rec­tions and its re­sourc­ing,” she said.

“La­bor con­tin­ues to treat the safety of all Ter­ri­to­ri­ans and their prop­erty with com­plete con­tempt.”

Ms Finoc­chiaro said bud­get cuts were putting pub­lic safety at risk.

“The Ter­ri­tory La­bor Gov­ern­ment has cut $4.5 mil­lion from the Cor­rec­tions 2018-19 bud­get and or­dered up to $20 mil­lion in ad­di­tional cost sav­ings on to the wider At­tor­neyGen­eral’s Depart­ment.”

But a Gov­ern­ment spokesman said Cor­rec­tions was bring­ing it’s bud­get back un­der con­trol. Cor­rec­tions of­fi­cers had also re­peat­edly threat­ened strike ac­tions should cuts go ahead.

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