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Sandwich press bashing: inmate, 77, charged with murder

Elderly jail bashing
The two inmates were housed in Kevin Waller unit, which houses frail and elderly prisoners. Photo: ABC
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A 77-year-old has been charged with murder after allegedly bashing to death his 71-year-old cellmate with a sandwich press in the frail, aged unit at Sydney’s Long Bay jail complex.

A police spokesman said the assault happened before 11pm last night and the two men were cellmates.

They were housed in the Kevin Waller Unit, part of the Metropolitan Special Programs Centre at Long Bay Correctional Complex, in Matraville.

A Corrective Services NSW spokeswoman said correctional officer heard sounds coming from the cell housing the two officers.

“The officer switched the cell light on and saw the 71-year-old had been assaulted,” she said.

He was taken by ambulance to St Vincent’s Hospital and died later, the spokeswoman said.

Police have seized items from the shared cell.

Following inquiries by the NSW Crime Command’s Homicide Squad, the older man was charged with murder.

He is expected to appear at Parramatta Bail Court tomorrow.