The Sydney inmate who notoriously filmed himself brandishing weapons and drugs inside his prison cell is back behind bars after being arrested for stealing from cars.
Carl Walton, 32, created a furore when footage emerged last month of him holding a knife, a ‘slasher’ razor and the drug ice inside the privately-run Parklea Correctional Centrel in Sydney’s north-west.
He had been on parole for several weeks before the video was revealed exclusively by Daily Mail Australia and claimed he was trying to get a proper job to turn his life around.
After the video went viral Walton’s mother said he would ‘be dead’ if he went back to jail, while his father warned there would be ‘repercussions’ for his son from other prisoners.
Carl Walton, who filmed himself with weapons and drugs in Parklea prison, is back behind bars
Carl Walton pictured brandishing a blade in front of another inmate inside Parklea prison
Former Parklea prison inmate Carl Walton made a notorious video of himself inside his cell
Walton, from Wollongong, south of Sydney, handed himself in to police on Tuesday and was charged with one count of entering a vehicle without consent, three of destroying or damaging property and two of larceny.
He appeared in Batemans Bay Local Court, on the south coast of NSW, and was refused bail.
The onetime Bandido bikie said last month he ‘messed up the system in there’ for some inmates, but claimed he shared the video to highlight what he claimed to be rampant drug use in prison.
‘Jail messes people up,’ he told The Daily Telegraph. ‘I never used to touch drugs until jail, when I went in I got on this and I got on that. I couldn’t escape it.’
‘I’ve grown up through the system and it ruined my life.’
Walton also said he had met someone special – girlfriend Laura – ‘and I want to do good by her’. Six weeks later he is back behind bars.
Walton said he had not expected the video, which prompted Corrective Services NSW to launch an investigation into Parklea Correctional Centre, would cause such a stir.
Former Parklea prison inmate and amateur filmmaker Carl Walton with his girlfriend Laura
One of the weapons Carl Walton brandishes in the video he made inside Parklea prison
‘The young ones inside might thank me for it but the ones on long sentences won’t,’ he told The Telegraph.
Walton was released on parole in June after serving a two year, six month sentence for damaging property, driving while disqualified and resisting arrest.
He was arrested by officers from the NSW Police Force’s Corrective Services Investigation Unit two days after the video became public and released pending further investigation into his use of a mobile phone in jail.
That offence carries a maximum two years in prison and a $5500 fine.
In the video, recorded in August last year, Walton claimed he was filming himself on a mobile phone given to him by a prison officer.
‘Recording inside of Parklea Correctional Centre,’ he says. ‘On a day-to-day basis this place is a dead set joke.
‘Right now I’m in my cell, I’ve got a mobile phone. Why have I got a mobile phone? It’s because screws are bringing mobile phones into the jail.’
Inmate Carl Walton claimed he had the drug ice in his Parklea prison cell ‘because I can’
Carl Walton holding a makeshift weapon in the video he made last year inside Parklea prison
Former Parklea prison inmate Carl Walton, with his girlfriend Laura, was going to get a job
He continues: ‘Why am I carrying around a knife? Why does that need to be in my hand at this point in time?
‘Why have I got a slasher? Why do I need to slash people?’
Walton then holds up a number of other items to the camera, including a metal strip which he says came off a television.
‘That there alone will rip skin, damage ya,’ he says.
He then displays a small plastic bag which he says contains the drug ice.
‘Why have I got it?’ he asks. ‘Because I can.’
Following publication of the video, Corrective Services Commissioner Peter Severin met with management of the prison’s private operator, GEO Group Australia, over security and safety concerns.
‘This is a very serious matter,’ Commissioner Severin said, announcing he was sending a public sector governor to oversee the prison.
Inmate Carl Walton infamously filmed himself brandishing a blade in his Parklea prison cell
Former rugby league player Carl Walton claimed he wanted to turn his trouble life around
Last month, Walton’s father Neil, a former miner, told The Telegraph: ‘He’s a legend and I support what he did’.
‘But there will be repercussions on him for making that video with the inmates and guards — they won’t be happy with him when they get out.’
Walton himself said he was desperate to get a job and turn his life around.
The onetime rugby league player has been in trouble with the police since he was 15 but was not imprisoned, for passing a valueless cheque, until early 2008.
He was imprisoned for seven years, five months – with a non-parole period of four years, five months – in late 2008 after being convicted of assault and aggravated robbery.
Walton’s mother June Clay told The Telegraph her son had been damaged by drugs which were ‘everywhere’ in the prison system.
‘Something good has to come out of this video, and if Carl can show how corrupt it is, we’re behind him.
‘I pray he doesn’t go back in, he’ll be dead if he does.’
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