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Operation Estry public notice

Thursday 3 May 2018

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) is investigating allegations that, on or about 19 February 2014, Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) officers based at Lithgow Correctional Centre dishonestly exercised their official functions in relation to an assault of a prisoner including by:

1.    subjecting the prisoner to the use of force which was unwarranted and inappropriate in the circumstances
2.    colluding for the purpose of providing a false and misleading account of the reasons for attending the cell occupied by the prisoner and subjecting him to the use of force
3.    submitting, reviewing and approving a use of force package (including incident reports) that contained false and misleading information in relation to the reasons for attending the cell occupied by the prisoner and subjecting him to the use of force
4.    failing to record the use of force by way of video camera as required by the policy and procedures of CSNSW
5.    destroying or not maintaining CCTV footage of the area immediately outside the cell occupied by the prisoner.

It is also alleged that, on 20 February 2014, CSNSW officers at Lithgow Correctional Centre dishonestly exercised their official functions by falsely representing that 0.2 grams of buprenorphine was recovered from the prisoner’s personal belongings during the search of the cell occupied by the prisoner.

The general scope and purpose of this public inquiry is to gather evidence relevant to the allegations being investigated for the purpose of determining the matters referred to in section 13(2) of the Independent Commission Against Corruption Act 1988.

As part of its investigation, the ICAC will hold a public inquiry starting at 10:00 am on Monday 21 May 2018 at Level 7, 255 Elizabeth Street, Sydney.

Persons claiming to be substantially and directly interested in this matter may seek leave to be represented at the inquiry, and are invited to contact Ms Yenda Clifton on (02) 8281-5999 to advise of their interest.

Members of the public with information relevant to the investigation are encouraged to provide it in writing at GPO Box 500, Sydney, NSW 2001, or by facsimile (02) 9264-5364. The ICAC will treat all information confidentially and has legislative powers to protect people who provide information to the Commission.

Roy Waldon
Solicitor to the Commission