The identity of a convicted drug-dealer who was bashed to death in jail after he was forced to share his cell with another inmate has been revealed.
Nick Triggs, 27, was found dead in his cell at Borallon Training and Correctional Centre in Ironbark, Queensland, about 5am on Sunday.
Triggs, who was jailed for drug offences and domestic violence charges, was allegedly sharing his cell due to rampant overcrowding, the Courier-Mail reported.
Despite multiple efforts by staff to revive the 27-year-old, he couldn’t be resuscitated and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
The room in which Triggs died allegedly had bunk beds, which have reportedly been introduced as a way to deal with the chronic overcrowding problem.
Queensland Corrective Services confirmed via a statement it was investigating the death of the 27-year-old, who was sharing his cell at the time of the incident.
The correctional service said the incident had been reported to the Queensland Police Service, which was assisting them.
‘Incidents of this nature are challenging and difficult, and we thank our officers for their attempts to assist the man,’ the QCS statement read.
‘They are being supported by management and employee support services.
‘Our condolences go to the man’s family and friends.’
The man Triggs was sharing a cell with, Glenn Ryan Clarke, 42, has since been charged with murder and appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday.
Triggs’ heartbroken sister Zara took to social media on Monday to share the news of her brother’s death.
‘It is with our sad and broken hearts that myself and my mum Debbie have lost our brother and son Nicholas Triggs,’ Ms Triggs wrote.
‘Unfortunately, he was killed on Sunday while in custody at Borallon Correctional Centre.
Ms Triggs said while the funeral date is yet to be confirmed, she encouraged all of her brother’s friends and family to come together to celebrate his life.
‘A date for the funeral will be posted as soon as we have one. Please share amongst Nick’s friends,’ she wrote.
Mr Triggs’ friend Krystie-Lee Rose said she was devastated by the death of her friend of 10 years, who she described as a ‘kind-hearted man’.
‘He hated seeing his mates upset and was the kind of guy who would take his shirt off his back for you,’ Ms Rose said.
Chris Hannay, the director of the law firm that represented Triggs, said prisoners shouldn’t be sharing cells with other inmates in jail.
‘It’s disappointing that they can’t supply facilities as required for reasonable housing and that should be obviously for each person to have his individual arrangement in custody,’ Mr Hannay said.
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