Prison officer Debra Davis and dog handler Darren Bartlem strolling around the Capricorn Correctional Centre.
Prison officer Debra Davis and dog handler Darren Bartlem strolling around the Capricorn Correctional Centre. Chris Ison

Prison not at full capacity

QUEENSLAND Corrective Services has refuted a claim the Capricornia Correctional Centre is full to capacity with prisoners.

Gladstone's local paper, The Observer, yesterday reported that Magistrate Mark Morrow told three people in Gladstone Magistrates Court they would probably spend their prison time in the Gladstone police watchhouse because he had heard the facility near Rockhampton was full.

But QCS spokesman Ross McSwain said that was incorrect.

Mr McSwain said there was room for 23 more prisoners in the secure section of the facility and that the minimum security farm area was only half- full.

He added that Mr Morrow “did not make any definite statement” to that effect.

Capricornia Correctional Centre can hold 402 prisoners in the secure section and 86 in the farm.

But Mr McSwain said only one of the three Gladstone prisoners would spend their sentence in the facility.

Derick Wadde Wickham was sentenced to 15 months jail for assaulting police officers and will be taken to the Capricornia Correctional Centre today.

Wickham was tasered by Gladstone Police last Sunday for waving a 15cm-long knife back and forth in the direction of two police officers.

When Wickham's arm dropped he hit the taser, deactivating it.

He then punched one of the officers.

The court heard Wickham had breached an intensive corrections order for which he must again appear in court, but at a later date.

The second person, Jonathon James Dorante, is eligible for parole on Tuesday, May 17, so he will serve his seven-day sentence in the Gladstone watch house.

The third person had to appear in court again yesterday and will be taken to Brisbane today.



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