Four inmates are charged after they climbed on to the roof of a prison during a riot that had to be broken up with ‘chemical munitions’
- Following a riot in Parklea Correctional Centre, four inmates have been charged
- Fires were lit in the wings, and 14 inmates climbed onto the roof on July 12
- The four inmates who allegedly incited the chaos have been charged with riot
- They are set to appear in Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday, July 17
Four inmates have been charged after allegedly inciting a fiery riot and climbing onto the roof of their prison.
On July 12, 14 inmates allegedly lit fires within the prison wings of Parklea Correctional Centre in Sydney’s west on Monday
A group of them climbed onto the roof with weapons as other inmates refused to take guards’ directions.
Four inmates aged in their early 20s were arrested at Riverstone Police Station in the afternoon of Friday.
The inmates were charged with rioting and will appear in Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday.
Inmates (pictured) were spotted apparently brandishing weapons while shirtless and in shorts on the roof of the privately-run jail around 2pm on Monday July 12, and four were charged with riot on July 16
Flames could be seen through windows of the jail, as fires raged in one building and smoke billowed out of the roof vents.
Inmates apparently brandishing weapons while shirtless and in shorts, made it onto the roof of the privately-run jail about 2pm on Monday.
Those on the rooftop played up to photographers as guards tried to assert control over the situation and Fire and Rescue NSW attended the blaze.
Smoke could be seen billowing out of the roof vents and flames were visible through windows as fires raged in the building underneath, captured in footage from the scene
Inmates paraded on the rooftop and played up to photographers (pictured here) as guards tried to assert control over the situation, and those charged will appear in Parramatta Bail Court on July 17
In the prison yards down below, another 50 inmates also confronted staff who used ‘chemical munitions’ to clear the area, said a spokesman for Ventia which runs the prison.
Correctional Centre Governor Paul Baker praised the jail’s Security Operations Group and the centre’s Immediate Response Team officers for safely resolving the incident.
‘The officers have done an excellent job, utilising their specialised training, to resolve this situation safely,’ he said.