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Payout for Carl Williams’ child

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The daughter of slain gangland boss Carl Williams is set to receive a payout from the Victorian Government over her father’s prison bashing death.

Williams was bludgeoned to death by fellow inmate Matthew Johnson at the maximum-security Acacia Unit in Barwon Prison in 2010, and in 2012 his family sued the state of Victoria for failing to protect him.

Williams’ father George, daughter Dhakota and former wife Roberta claimed authorities failed in their duty of care because they should have been aware of the risk Johnson posed and properly monitored the unit.

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The two parties have reached an out-of-court settlement, a week before the matter was due before the court.

George and Roberta Williams have withdrawn their claim for damages, but the Government has reached a settlement with teenager Dhakota, who was nine years old when her father was killed.

Attorney-General Martin Pakula issued a statement this evening saying the terms of the settlement were confidential and subject to Supreme Court approval.

“The Victorian Government will not pay any compensation to George or Roberta Williams,” he said.

“The Government denies any liability regarding Mr Williams’ death in 2010 and the terms of settlement reflect this.”

Mr Pakula did not say how much money Dhakota Williams would receive.

“Any funds paid to a minor are held in a court trust fund, supervised by the Senior Master of the Supreme Court, until the minor turns 18,” he said in the statement.

The family claimed Williams’ killer had a history of attacking other inmates, including with parts of an exercise bike, and the state should have known of his heavy involvement with the notorious Prisoners of War jailhouse gang.

They also claimed they had lost financial benefits they expected in return for Williams’ co-operating with police.

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