Mandurah: Acacia Prison inmate breached VRO from behind bars

IT was revealed in Mandurah Magistrates Court today that a prisoner serving a three year sentence was able to breach a violence restraining order (VRO) from behind bars.

The court heard that the prisoner, who cannot be named to protect the victim, called the person protected by the order on December 8 last year.

The prisoner was on remand at Acacia Prison for serious violent offences he committed against another person at the time he called the victim.

He was served the VRO on October 29 and told he was not allowed to contact the protected person, who is a minor, in any way.

However, the prison failed to remove the protected person from the prisoner’s approved callers list.

The court was told this was the eighth time the prisoner had breached a VRO; the first seven times were in relation to an order protecting another person.

The prisoner was sentenced in December last year to three years in prisoner backdated to the previous May.

Magistrate Leanne Atkins told the man he “should know better”.

As it was a different offence to the seven previous VRO breaches and not aggravated, Magistrate Atkins chose not to increase his time in prison.

She sentenced him to three months to be served alongside his current sentence.