Inmates admit rampage at prison

February 9, 2017 | By More

File image. © Andrew Bardwell

Two men with violent histories have admitted causing $6000 damage in the Christchurch Men’s prison, after they refused to go back to their medium-high security cell during a lock-down period.

Bronson Kelekolio, 20, and Jesse Lee Fraser, 21, damaged 12 cell observation windows, three large guard room windows, a table tennis table, and two fire hoses, all the property of the Department of Corrections.

They sprayed water around the unit and at the unit guardroom, and caused $6000 damage.

They were pepper sprayed and returned to their cell, which was searched later and a 15cm metal shank (blade) was found.

No staff were injured in the incident.

Kelekolio and Fraser were charged with intentional damage, and possession of an offensive weapon, and both pleaded guilty to the charges at the Christchurch District Court today.

Judge Sharon McAuslan remanded them in custody for sentencing by video-link on March 9.

Kelekolio, 20, is in custody for the murder and sex attack of a 22-year-old Ashburton solo mother in December 2012.

Fraser, 21, was jailed for a violent incident where he robbed a former friend.

 

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