CRIMS RUN FREE
Sex pest and violent offender among three jailbreaks in 36 hours
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.