Female prisoners are given the morning-after pill after male inmates smashed their way into women’s section of a jail during 12-hour riot
- Birth control pills were offered to female prisoners during a jail riot last month
- Male prisoners used grinding power tools to break into female section of prison
- Justice Department revealed the pill was offered after denying sexual assault
- The prison riot is the largest jail break in in Western Australia’s history
Female inmates were given the morning-after pill after male prisoners smashed their way into the women’s section using hand-held grinding power tools during a mass jail breakout last month.
The Justice Department has revealed that the pill – used to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex – was offered to dozens of female prisoners, after denying they had been sexually assaulted during the 12-hour riot in Greenough Regional Prison, north of Perth.
WA Prison Officers Union acting secretary Paul Ledingham hesitated to reveal if sexual assault had taken place during the breakout.
Female prisoners were sexually assaulted as male inmates smashed through women’s section.
‘If you have got a situation, riotous behaviour, that goes for 10 to 12 hours in a prison under the cover of darkness where males and females are concerned, I think anyone’s imagination might lead them to think that there were things going on,’ he said.
During the riot, a female prisoner contacted Seven News using an office phone while male inmates forced their way in armed with angle grinders and other tools.
‘Some of the girls are scared because you’ve got a whole bunch of aggro men running around,’ she told Seven News.
Male inmates used power grinding tools to smash their way into the women’s section.
‘They climbed on to the roof and made their way into the girls’ unit and smashed all the windows and everything.
‘They’re trying to throw bricks through windows and lighting all the couches on fire.’
A male prisoner who interrupted the phone call, attempted to justify the break in, said he had broken into the women’s block to protect some of the female inmates.
The chaotic riot, which saw ten inmates escape from the prison is the largest jailbreak in Western Australia’s history.
All ten prisoners have been caught and are now facing charges.
The destroyed buildings of the Greenough Regional Prison after the violent riot are suffering from millions of dollars in damages.
The 12-hour riot at the Greenough Regional Prison is the largest jail break in WA history.