Female prisoner, 27, is charged with terror offences after she allegedly stabbed another inmate
- A female prisoner, 27, allegedly stabbed her fellow inmate, 27, on October 30
- The victim was taken to hospital with a non-life threatening injury to her hand
- Detectives have charged the alleged attacker with engaging in a terrorist act
A female prisoner has been charged with terror offences after allegedly stabbing another inmate.
The prisoner, 27, is accused of attacking her fellow inmate, also 27, at the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre in Ravenhall, west of Melbourne’s CBD, on October 30.
Her alleged victim was taken to hospital with a non-life threatening injury to her hand.
Detectives from the Victorian Joint Counter Terrorism Team then charged the 27-year-old woman with engaging in a terrorist act on Wednesday.
A female prisoner, 27, has been charged with engaging in a terrorist act after allegedly stabbing a fellow inmate on October 30 (pictured, Dame Phyllis Frost Centre)
It is understood the two 27-year-old prisoners got into a fight before the alleged victim was taken to hospital with a non-life threatening injury to her hand (file image pictured)
The accused prisoner was set to face Melbourne Magistrate’s Court on Thursday morning.
Victoria Police and the Australian Federal Police have assured members of the public that any threat has been contained.
‘Police will continue to work closely with Corrections Victoria in relation to this matter,’ a Victoria Police statement said.
‘Victoria has well established and cooperative counter terrorism and emergency management plans in place and constantly monitor and assess our preparedness to respond to a range of incidents.’
Victorian counter terrorism groups also maintain ‘strong links with intelligence and other partner agencies’ for ‘the best possible understanding of emerging issues’.
Members of the public have been urged to report any suspicious activity to Crime Stoppers or the National Security Hotline.
The Dame Phyllis Frost Centre is a maximum security women’s prison built in 1996.
It was the first privately operated prison in Victoria and is the state’s largest women’s prison, with a capacity of 604 inmates.
A Department of Justice and Community Safety spokesman said Corrections Victoria was ‘working with federal and state authorities’ following the attack.
‘As a result of the incident, a prisoner has been charged with a federal terrorism-related offence, while the other prisoner involved sustained a non-life threatening hand injury,’ he said.
‘Corrections Victoria works closely with law enforcement agencies and assists when an incident occurs, and takes all measures necessary to ensure the security and safety of our prisons and the wider community.’
The accused prisoner was set to face Melbourne Magistrate’s Court (pictured) on Thursday