Government appeals compo win by baby-killer
THE STATE Government will appeal a $3000 compensation claim won by a Maryborough Correctional Centre prisoner who chopped up his newborn daughter.
Raymond Akhtar Ali was jailed for life for bashing his newborn daughter to death just minutes after her birth in 1998 before dismembering her, cutting her in half and burying her at his Logan home.
He killed the baby in an attempt to hide his extramarital affair with her mother.
The former butcher won the compensation claim because the prison failed to prepare his meals in accordance with his religious beliefs.
Ali was fed a vegetarian diet at the correctional centre for four months instead of specially prepared halal meat, which he was wrongly told was not available.
Halal food needs to be blessed, slaughtered, cooked and stored to strict rules.
The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal found that Ali, 60, was discriminated against on the basis of his religion, and ordered the State Government to pay $3000 into a trust fund.
QCAT member Ann Fitzpatrick found in his favour because "it forced a person who otherwise ate meat as part of his diet to eat a vegetarian diet".
Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie described Ali as a "monster" and said grounds for appeal had been identified.
Premier Campbell Newman took a milder view on the matter, saying that prisoners must be treated "humanely and appropriately" and that if someone did have deeply held religious beliefs it would not be appropriate to feed them for a long period with the "wrong food".