Killer’s rum­mage in nurse’s trol­ley

The Southland Times - - Front Page -

A con­victed mur­derer was caught rum­mag­ing through a nurse’s trol­ley while re­ceiv­ing can­cer treat­ment in hos­pi­tal.

Last month Stuff re­vealed pris­oner David Jack­son Mahia, who is serv­ing a life sen­tence for the brutal mur­der of mother-of-two Ni­cola Flem­ing, was play­ing an ex­ple­tive­laden video game while in hos­pi­tal.

Fur­ther de­tails into the in­ci­dent have been re­leased by the Depart­ment of Corrections un­der the Of­fi­cial In­for­ma­tion Act.

The depart­ment con­firmed that dur­ing an es­corted walk around the ward with two Corrections’ of­fi­cers, Mahia was caught ‘‘ri­fling through the con­tents of a hos­pi­tal trol­ley’’.

When an of­fi­cer told him it wasn’t ap­pro­pri­ate and a nurse could sup­ply him with any re­quired dress­ing, Mahia be­came ag­gres­sive.

He threat­ened to punch the of­fi­cer in the nose.

Mahia was placed on an in­ter­nal con­duct charge.

Corrections Na­tional Com­mis­sioner, Rachel Leota, said the safety of staff was a top pri­or­ity and vi­o­lence would not be tol­er­ated.

Any pris­oner re­quir­ing hos­pi­tal treat­ment was ac­com­pa­nied by at least one ex­pe­ri­enced Corrections’ of­fi­cers, with more de­pen­dent on the pris­oner’s risk as­sess­ment.

The depart­ment de­clined to re­lease more in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dent.

Ni­cola Flem­ing, 38, was found dead in­side a room at an Invercargill hos­tel in 2013. She had been se­verely beaten, suf­fer­ing a frac­tured face, pelvis, ster­num and ribs. No part of her face was left with­out a mark.

A source said Mahia, an in­mate of Otago Corrections Fa­cil­ity, was taken to Dunedin Hos­pi­tal where he gained ac­cess to a Playsta­tion con­sole and played a vi­o­lent and ex­ple­tive-laden game, a source said.

When asked by a guard to turn the game down, Mahia al­legedly threat­ened him, mak­ing ref­er­ences to his own ill-health and the fact he was serv­ing life.

Mahia has re­turned to prison af­ter re­ceiv­ing can­cer treat­ment.

Af­ter the in­ci­dent Corrections con­firmed it did not sup­ply gam­ing con­soles or games to pris­on­ers, and steps were taken to re­move Mahia’s ac­cess to the con­sole.

Hamish.mcNeilly@stuff.co.nz

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