Generics of the Townsville Correctional Centre (Stuart Prison). Picture: Alix Sweeney
Generics of the Townsville Correctional Centre (Stuart Prison). Picture: Alix Sweeney

Prisoner bashes four officers in violent rampage

Four correctional officers have suffered injuries after a violent rampage by an inmate when they entered his cell at the Townsville Correctional Centre.

The officers entered the cell of the prisoner in the Detention Unit when he became non-compliant and lashed out at officers.

All four officers sustained injuries and have been assessed at the medical centre before seeking further treatment.

The incident is believed to have taken place about 12.30pm yesterday.

It's believed a female officer took several strikes to the head during the assault.

Queensland Corrective Services said in a statement the officers and their families were being supported.

"Unfortunately from time to time our officers are required to put themselves in harm's way to ensure the safety and security of the community," the statement said.

"We are thankful for their commitment, and for the important role they play in making Queensland safer for all of us.

"Every day our officers interact with the most challenging and complex people in our society.

"Officer safety is Queensland Corrective Services' absolute priority. Every officer deserves to go home safely at the end of shift.

"We take our responsibility as an employer to support our officers through appropriate training and provision of equipment, technology, and policy support very seriously, but recognise that we cannot remove all risk from the workplace due to the dynamic nature of correctional environments.

"People who have been removed from society for violent or anti-social behaviour sometimes display that same behaviour in a prison environment, despite the best efforts of our officers to de-escalate situations.

"When an officer is injured on duty, QCS is committed to supporting the officer and their family while they recover."

The latest Queensland government data shows the Townsville Men's Correctional Centre had an average of 805 prisoners per day in the month of April, down from 822 in the month of March.

As of April, there were more than 8900 people held in prisons across Queensland, including 2740 people who were unsentenced.