Mt Eden death: Minister backs prison management

  • 14/08/2015
Sam Lotu-Iiga (Simon Wong/3 News)
Sam Lotu-Iiga (Simon Wong/3 News)

By 3 News online staff

A post mortem examination is being held today following the death of an inmate at Auckland's Mount Eden Corrections Facility.

The remand prisoner's death isn't considered suspicious – an apparent suicide – and Corrections Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga says several investigations are underway. He is confident the right measures are being taken.

"It does get referred to the coroner, who rules on the cause of death, police are informed and it will also be the subject of a review by the Corrections inspectorate," he told RadioLIVE.

Mr Lotu-Iiga says he still has confidence in the current management of the prison. The death comes just weeks after Corrections took over from private operator Serco, after a string of allegations about violence and cover-ups.

"My expectation is that they work together to run the prison after this step-in procedure has been enforced, and that continues to be my expectation going into the future."

The death has been referred to the coroner.

The Government's review of Serco's running of the prison is ongoing, and could result in the multimillion-dollar contract being terminated.

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