Bunbury inmate fights for life after jail attack

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Bunbury Regional Prison.
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An inmate is fighting for life in hospital after he was bashed at Bunbury Regional Prison last weekend.

According to a St John Ambulance spokesperson, prison officials called paramedics to the jail at 9.25am on Sunday, after the man suffered serious head injuries.

It’s believed the 40-year-old man was violently bashed by another inmate at the pre-release centre before guards could intervene.

The attack happened just minutes before visiting hours at the facility on Sunday.

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The man was rushed to Bunbury Regional Hospital before being flown to Royal Perth Hospital for treatment.

A Department of Corrective Services spokesperson confirmed the prisoner was transferred to RPH and said the matter was now being investigating by WA Police.

“No further comment can be provided at this time,” a DCS spokesperson said.

It is the second serious attack at the prison in recent months after a 19-year-old inmate was charged over an alleged fight on March 25.

During that alleged attack, a 42-year-old inmate was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Bunbury Regional Prison is home to 350 inmates with both a short-term maximum wing and a minimum security setting.

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