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Prison Staff Scarred By Rape Ordeal
Staff at the prison where serial rapist Paul Stephen Keating
abducted and brutally attacked an education officer will never
recover and are brought to the verge of tears by talking about the ordeal.
Western Australia's executive director of prisons, Ian Johnson,
yesterday said some education officers had resigned after the siege
at Bunbury Regional Prison, 180km south of Perth.
"I have been down there (Bunbury prison) three times - you start to
talk about this incident and their eyes just well up with tears," he said.
"I don't think they will ever for one moment get over this."
Mr Johnson said prison staff across the state and their families,
as well as other prisoners, had been appalled by the attack. Inmates
had even undertaken the work needed to improve safety.
Keating, already serving an indefinite jail order and life term for
previous sex offences, was sentenced on Thursday to 24 years jail
without parole for 15 offences arising from the March 16 attack.
He admitted forcing the tutor into a cupboard, where he held her at
knife point and repeatedly raped her during a six-hour siege.
District Court chief judge Antoinette Kennedy said Keating, 46, should
be kept in jail until he was too physically infirm to pose a risk.
Judge Kennedy said Keating was in a special handling unit of Perth's
maximum-security Casuarina prison.
"If it has anything to do with me, he will never leave Casuarina
again," Judge Kennedy said.
Mr Johnson said there had been immediate changes to improve safety
in response to the attack, including increased prisoner supervision,
modifications to doors and locks, and duress alarms for staff.
"We would not have got people back in that building (Bunbury prison)
delivering programs if things had not been changed," he said.
Mr Johnson said an extra 200 prison officers had been recruited over
the past eight months and improvements would continue under a 61-point
compliance system, based on a British model.
The Australian (17-9-2005)
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'Sadistic' Prison Rapist Jailed For 24 Years
Plotting a brutal attack against his prison education
worker for more than three months, sadistic rapist Paul
Stephen Keating was armed with a knife and bottle of baby
oil when a lapse in security gave him a chance to strike.
Keating dragged the struggling tutor into a cupboard,
intending to kill her. But he could not go through with
it, releasing her after a six-hour siege at the Bunbury
Regional Prison, 180km south of Perth, on March 16.
Pleading and begging for Keating to stop, the 48-year-old
married mother of two was repeatedly raped, sodomised and
assaulted during the violent and demeaning attack.
Throughout the ordeal, Keating doused the woman with aerosol,
threatening to set fire to them both and to kill and mutilate
the tutor, who was eventually "completely frozen" with terror.
"Shut up, you arrogant bitch, or I'll slit your throat," the
"wild and ferocious" Keating threatened.
To guards outside the cupboard, Keating yelled: "I will kill
her, I will cut her throat. Can't you see I have f..king snapped?
You know what I am capable of. F..k off out of here."
Sentencing Keating yesterday to 24 years' jail without parole, West
Australian District Court Chief Judge Antoinette Kennedy said the
46-year-old should never be released until he was too physically
infirm to pose a risk.
In and out of jail since he was 17, Keating is serving a life
sentence and an indefinite jail term for previous sex offences - but the
serial offender is confident he will strike again.
Prosecutor Linda Petrusa said that during the ordeal Keating told his
victim the prison system would eventually give him another chance to attack.
As Ms Petrusa read the details of the crime yesterday, Keating sat
emotionless in the dock. The prison's superintendent, Andy Smith, wept
in the public gallery as the horror of the ordeal was revealed.
In a victim impact statement on behalf of prison staff, Mr Smith - who has
worked in the system for 22 years - said the incident was the most serious
in the department's history and had led to widespread changes to improve the
safety of prison officers and the community.
Families, staff and prisoners had felt the tragic effect of Keating's act of
betrayal after working his way in to a position of trust as a cleaner in the
prison's education complex.
Ms Petrusa told the court that during the attack, Keating spoke of his dual
love and hate for the tutor, who had "created as normal an environment as he
could ever have had in his life".
Keating told the woman he could not and did not want to change, admitting to
police he had fantasised about the attack for some time and understood his
"He considered himself to be a political prisoner who had been refused
inclusion in a pre-release program for the past five years despite
recommendations to the contrary," Ms Petrusa said, describing Keating's
prospect of rehabilitation as "zero".
Defence counsel Jim Sutherland said Keating was truly sorry for his
offences and had accepted the prosecution's case to spare his
victim a trial.
Judge Kennedy said Keating had endured a terrible
childhood - his mother had tried to drown him before he was six,
after which he was abandoned and sexually abused.
The Australian (16-9-2005)
Jail Worker 'Raped 10 Times'
Prisoner Paul Stephen Keating allegedly raped a female support
staffer 10 times during a six-hour siege at Bunbury Regional Prison.
After a two-week investigation into the March 16 attack, police
yesterday charged Keating with a total of 18 offences including
10 counts of aggravated sexual penetration, four counts of threat
to kill, two counts of aggravated indecent assault, a count each
of deprivation of liberty and assault occasioning bodily harm.
Police will allege Keating, 45, repeatedly sexually assaulted the
woman while holding her captive at knife-point in a small cupboard
at the medium-security jail.
He allegedly sprayed her with a flammable liquid and threatened to
kill her if his demands were not met.
Keating released the woman and surrendered to police after about six
hours and was transferred to the maximum-security Casuarina
Prison the next day.
The Department of Justice, which has come under intense criticism
for a string of escapes and security breaches at West Australian
prisons in recent weeks, has launched an inquiry into the attack.
However, it has refused to reveal what security measures it has
taken at the Bunbury prison in response to the incident.
Community and Public Sector Union branch secretary Toni Walkington,
whose members include prison support staff, said the charges against
Keating highlighted the seriousness of the security breach.
"This certainly confirms our workers' worst fears," she said. "We
regret the Government and the department failed to address the situation."
Ms Walkington warned the department may lose prison support staff
unless it dealt with staffing, occupational health and safety,
and design issues at prisons.
In response to questions in state parliament yesterday,
Attorney-General Jim McGinty conceded that Keating should
have been returned to a maximum security jail after he, the
minister, rejected a Parole Board recommendation for
Keating's release last year.
The Australian (1-4-2005)
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Rapist Dreamt Of Sex Attacks
Prison hostage-taker Paul Stephen Keating fantasised about
kidnapping, raping and mutilating the facilitator of his sex
offender treatment program before claiming he was a reformed
man and a model prisoner.
Keating told the female psychologist he wanted to chop her
into little pieces with a knife, according to an official
report on the incident.
"He had been fantasising about taking her hostage and
subjecting her to hours of mutilation and rape," the
"He further claimed that he wanted to inflict maximum
pain by cutting her up slowly with a view to killing her.
"He made these threats as he became angry after he had
been advised that (another therapist) instead of her
would conduct individual counselling with him. He
perceived this as rejection and became angry towards her."
The serial sex criminal was removed from the
program in 1998, but successfully completed it in
2001, when he was declared to have mended his
ways and had a low risk of re-offending.
The Parole Board twice recommended a pre-release
program, in 2003 and 2004, but both moves were
blocked by Attorney-General Jim McGinty and then
justice minister Michelle Roberts.
A graphic description of Wednesday night's
siege at Bunbury Regional Prison has emerged,
as police continue to compile charges against
Keating, who is believed to have sexually
assaulted his university tutor during a six-hour
At 3.30pm an officer heard "a strange noise like
a muffled female's whimper" and realised the noise
came from the nearby education centre, where
Keating was alone with his tutor.
As he approached, the officer saw that Keating
had the woman in a headlock with a knife to
The officer told Keating to drop the knife, but
the serial rapist threatened to kill the woman
if they were not left alone.
"F*** off, Johnny, you know what I am capable of.
I will cut her throat," Keating replied.
The officer left to call for help and when
he returned Keating had barricaded himself and the
tutor in a stores cupboard. Keating shouted that his
life was over and if officers tried anything he would
kill the hostage, who could be heard telling him
to "go ahead and get it over with".
Keating sprayed an aerosol can and threatened to
ignite the fumes and kill them both in the cupboard.
It was six hours before officers and a psychologist
convinced him to free the woman.
Psychological assessments of Keating show his attacks,
which have included two previous female prison staff,
begin with an infatuation.
The 45-year-old, who felt rejected by his mother, "falls in love"
with women and becomes angry when he thinks they have rejected him.
In 2000, a female staffer reported feeling threatened by Keating
when he approached her with a knife after a male officer briefly
left a food preparation area.
It was noted that "there is a need to ensure adequate observation
of Mr Keating when near females".
It is not known why Keating was left alone with the university
tutor last Wednesday.
Jail Tutor Rape Investigated
An investigation now under way into last Wedesday's sex
attack at Bunbury Regional Prison, 200km south of Perth,
will examine why prison security allowed a convicted sex
criminal who had sexually assaulted female prison staff
twice before, to be left alone with a female prison tutor.
Serial rapist Paul Stephen Keating held Josephine Siers in
a headlock and pressed the knife to her throat.
"F..K off, Johnny you know what I'm capable of. I will cut
Blood trickled from a wound on her forehead.
"Drop the knife!" the prison officer shouted. "Drop the knife!"
Keating, agitated and angry, responded by repeating his threat,
warning he would kill Ms Siers if the officer did not leave the area.
Senior officer John Barfield went to summon assistance. But by
the time he returned, Keating had barricaded himself in the education
unit stores cupboard with Ms Siers, whose real name cannot be revealed.
It had an inward-opening door. In the face of Keating's threats, Ms Siers
remained defiant."Go ahead and get it over with," she told him.
"Shut up," he replied. "Or I will have to kill you."
For Ms Siers, a married prison tutor in her mid-40s who
knew Keating well, it was the start of a terrifying and
humiliating six-hour ordeal as Keating doused her with solvent,
threatened to set her on fire and repeatedly raped her.
Keating was jailed for rape in 1977 and sexually assaulted women
on each of the three times he escaped from jail. He was convicted
of aggravated, indecent assault on a female prison psychologist in
1987 and raped an officer in a toilet block at Casuarina Prison in 1992.
An internal report on the attack at the medium-security prison
describes how staff stood helplessly on the other side of the door
listening to Ms Siers's distressed moans.
For the purposes of this report, the names of the victim and prison
staff have been changed by The Weekend Australian. The identity of
Keating, described by West Australian Attorney-General Jim McGinty
as "one of the worst criminals in the state" is well-known.
As prison staff tried to persuade Keating to release Ms Siers, he told
them through the door that "his life was over" and that if officers
attempted anything, he would kill Ms Siers.
"I've had enough of all this shit," he said, demanding to be transferred
to the special handling unit at Casuarina Prison "without the bullshit"
or he would kill his hostage.
Keating began to spray solvent from an aerosol can, warning he would ignite
the fumes, killing himself and the hostage if anyone tried to force the door.
Ms Siers would be dead by the time they entered, he said.
Staff advised Ms Siers not to resist and to do exactly as Keating told her.
The official report indicates she complied.
Senior prison staff tried to negotiate with Keating, but he insisted on
speaking to clinical consultant Ken Morris and said he would only negotiate
with prison officer Mark Forster.
Dr Morris spoke to Keating by phone from Perth, trying to deter him from further
violence, before boarding a helicopter to fly to Bunbury.
Prison and police negotiators were making some progress, however, and at 9.45pm
Keating surrendered to police.
Ms Siers was taken to hospital and the education area of the prison was sealed
off as a crime scene.
Keating's request to be transferred to Casuarina Prison, a high-security
institution in Perth, was granted on Thursday.
The state Department of Justice, which has come under strong intense
criticism for failing to prevent the attack, is investigating the incident,
as are the police.
Department of Justice regional and rural prisons director Tim Connolly said
he could not explain how Keating was able to grab the teacher when protocol
demanded prisoners in the education unit be supervised by at least one
guard at all times.
The security breach has outraged the Community and Public Sector Union,
which says it has repeatedly called for prison staff numbers to be increased
for safety reasons.
Keating, 45, who has been in jail since he was 17, has an appalling record
of violent sexual crimes. The second-youngest of eight children, who had a
difficult relationship with his mother and never saw his father, Keating moved
from NSW to Western Australia in 1977.
He was initially considered a very high risk for re-offending, but in recent
years had impressed prison staff and psychologists with what seemed a new
maturity and willingness to change.
He was transferred from Casuarina to the medium-security Bunbury jail
in May 2002, where he has since been living independently in the self-care unit.
At Bunbury, he began studying for a Bachelor of Social Sciences
degree with the help of education staff.
An exemplary student who also cleaned the education unit and library,
he developed a strong rapport with staff, who
considered him trustworthy and safe.
According to reports to the parole board, the prison
teachers provided pivotal support to Keating, who had
benefited greatly from his academic success.
On the basis of favourable reports from prison staff
and psychologists, the state's Parole Board has twice
recommended Keating be admitted to a two-year program to
prepare him for release from jail, but Attorney-General
Jim McGinty has vetoed the plan on each occasion.
Mr Connolly said Keating was reclassified as a medium-security
prisoner after completing several intensive programs to address
his sex offending.
The Weekend Australian has learned that Keating was removed from
a sex offender treatment program in 1998 after he admitted he had
fantasised about raping the female facilitator. He successfully
completed the second program in June 2001.
Mr Connolly said there was little difference in the rules and routines
of medium and maximum-security prisons.
"All our prisons are highly interactive," Mr Connolly said. "There is
an inherent risk factor in working with prisoners."
The Australian (19-3-2005)
Rapist Strikes In Jail
A female jail worker was raped by one of Western Australia's
most notorious sexual predators during a six-hour hostage
ordeal inside a medium-security prison.
In an extraordinary failure of prison security, Paul Stephen
Keating, who is serving an indefinite sentence, snatched the
education officer and held her at knife-point, keeping
authorities at bay during the attack.
Even more disturbing, it was Keating's third sexual assault
against a female jail worker.
Keating trapped the woman in a storage room at Bunbury
Regional Prison, doused her with a flammable liquid, held
a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her
during the standoff.
The State Government and Department of Justice
yesterday faced intense criticism for allowing
Keating to be transferred to the medium-security
prison, south of Perth.
Keating, 45, is serving an indefinite sentence
for a string of mostly sexually related crimes.
He was convicted of an aggravated indecent assault
on a female prison psychologist in 1987, and
raped a prison officer in a toilet block at
Casuarina Prison in 1992.
The officer raped at Casuarina accused the Justice
Department yesterday of incompetence and demanded
more stringent controls.
"I don't want another girl hurt, because next time
she will be killed," she said. "He gets
worse every time."
The Justice Department admitted there had been
a failure but was unable to explain how Keating
had had the opportunity to attack again.
He was transferred from Perth's maximum-security
Casuarina Prison to the medium-security jail in
May 2002 - a move questioned yesterday by
state Attorney-General Jim McGinty.
"I think there was a lack of diligence in making
sure that the right security classification applied
to this person," Mr McGinty said.
"Paul Keating is one of the worst
criminals in this State."
Department of Justice regional and rural prisons
director Tim Connolly said Keating was reclassified
as a medium-security prisoner after he completed several
intensive programs to address his sex-offending.
The Australian understands Keating, who was completing a
university psychology degree, was considered
trustworthy and safe.
Prison Hostage Molested, Say Police
A female prison tutor was sexually assaulted while being
held hostage in a jail by a man considered one of Western
Australia's most dangerous sex offenders, police said today.
Investigations were continuing today into how Paul Stephen
Keating, 45, who is already serving an indefinite sentence
for raping and sodomising a female prison employee at a maximum
security jail in 1992, was left alone with the art teacher at
Bunbury Regional Prison in WA's south west.
A WA police spokeswoman today said a serious sexual assault had
occurred during the six-hour stand-off at the medium security
prison on Wednesday, and investigations were continuing.
It was his third sexual assault on female prison staff.
Charges were likely but that may not happen for days or possibly
weeks, the spokeswoman said.
WA's Justice Department admitted yesterday it had failed the woman,
while Attorney-General Jim McGinty today said "soul-searching" was
needed by politicians and officials.
"When I first heard about this on the TV news on Wednesday I sat
there and I froze in my seat in my loungeroom at home when I heard
the name Paul Keating, and that he had a
woman hostage," Mr McGinty told radio 6PR.
"I really did fear the worst because I know what he has done every other
time, and it seems as though he has done the same thing again.
"When you have such an extreme, violent, nasty, vicious, subhuman thing
happen, (soul searching) needs to happen with me, it needs to happen with
the government, it needs to happen with the parole board and most importantly
with the Department of Justice."
During the hostage drama, Keating doused the tutor with a flammable liquid
before barricading them both in a cupboard, demanding he speak to a psychologist
and be transferred to a maximum security prison.
Following hours of negotiations, the inmate freed the woman and was taken into
custody minutes later.
Police initially said the tutor suffered head and facial injuries, and that
they were investigating whether a sexual assault had occurred.
A justice spokesman said Keating had committed more than 30 other serious
offences dating back to his teens.
After committing his first rape at the age of 17, Keating was subsequently
convicted of sexual assaults on two female prison staff while in jail.
First, a prison psychologist was attacked in 1986 and then a female guard
was assaulted in 1992. Keating also raped a woman while on overnight work
release in 1979, and sexually assaulted two prostitutes after escaping
jail in 1984.
Last year, the WA parole board recommended a release program in which Keating
would have been moved to a prison farm before going back into the community,
but Mr McGinty rejected the move.
Another parole bid was to have been heard by the board yesterday.
Keating is now being held in the special handling unit of Perth's maximum
security Casuarina prison.
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