UPDATE 19/04/12 Family to sue Corrections for ONE MILLION for pain and suffering, His EX Roberta, Daughter and stepdaughter as well as his old man George signed legal documents today. Opens a can of worms this does, but expected. You can’t go killing high-profile prisoners in jail under maximum security protection, and it not be noticed for 25 odd minutes! Hate him or not, the jail fucked up. They want compo, as well as the money he was going to get for turning witness for the cops, don’t forget the cops also paid a 750,000 tax bill for poor old George too as part of the previous deal…Crime does pay is some ways…
My other pages on this whole thing here
The claim comes a day after a scathing Ombudsman’s report revealed prison system bungling contributed to the fatal bashing.
A writ that could be served today – the anniversary of Williams’ murder – is expected to include a claim for benefits negotiated by the slain gangland killer in return for co-operating in a major criminal investigation.
The writ will be issued in the names of Williams’ father, George, his ex-wife Roberta, daughter Dhakota and stepdaughter, Breanane.
Top barrister Dyson Hore-Lacy, SC, has been engaged along with junior counsel.
“We are ready to commence proceedings but we have been waiting for the outcome of one of the investigations,” solicitor Nicole Spicer told the Herald Sun.
She said the Ombudsman’s findings had boosted the family’s case against Corrections Victoria.
The report revealed:
RISKS to Williams were raised with Justice Department secretary Penny Armytage as far back as January 2009.
TELEPHONE calls and letters from the prisoners closest to Williams were not acted on when they should have raised concern for his safety.
BARWON Prison’s intelligence system had major deficiencies and the CCTV system monitoring Williams was inadequate.
ONE intelligence officer interviewed was shocked that Williams’ murderer, Matt Johnson, was allowed to be in the same cell.
JOHNSON‘S mail carried a logo depicting a man holding two pistols.
Ombudsman George Brouwer said: “Mr Williams’ death raises important questions as to how it is possible that a high-profile prisoner in Victoria’s highest-security prison unit could be killed with an unsecured metal pipe from an exercise bike, and that prison staff did not find out about the incident for some 27 minutes.”
Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay said investigations into the killing were still running.
Taskforce Driver, one of five inquiries into the Williams murder, is investigating crime figures suspected of ordering the hit from outside prison.
Roberta Williams said she felt sad Dhakota would grow up without her father.
“It just saddens me that my daughter has no father and that Carl suffered the way he did, when they could’ve protected him a lot more than they did,” she told 3AW.
Carl Williams’s former lawyer, Rob Stary, said the authorities pandered to Williams because they needed his co-operation.
He said Corrections Victoria Deputy Commissioner Rod Wise had identified the danger, but nothing was done.
“They should have known the heightened sense of risk. Johnson was a leader of the POW (Prisoners of War) group. They knew all that. They are trying to deflect blame on someone else.
“They accommodated Carl and didn’t try to resist his requests,” he said.
In the Ombudsman’s report, a supervisor with the prison’s intelligence unit blamed Corrections Victoria, as well as Williams, stating that the drug lord had no “prison sense”.
He couldn’t understand how Corrections Victoria allowed Williams to be placed with a “prison thug” like Johnson.
“How they ever let it happen I will not know,” he said. “Basically … he was doomed.”
Corrections Commissioner Bob Hastings said his staff were not incompetent but there had been systemic failures that had been fixed since Williams died.
- Officials were warned Carl Williams could be murdered (abc.net.au)
- Ombudsman slams Williams handling (theage.com.au)
- Authorities admit failure to act on risk to Williams (abc.net.au)
- Corrections failed on Williams: Ombudsman (news.ninemsn.com.au)
- Gangland hitman Sean Sonnet jailed for second time over kill plot (aussiecriminals.com.au)