Mid-North Coast Correctional Centre hostage situation: teen terrorist identified as hostage-taker
By Sourced Externally
January 11, 2021
A teen terrorist with “psychopathic traits” who brutally murdered a Queanbeyan petrol station attendant in an Islamic State-inspired attack — before writing on the window of the Caltex in his victim’s blood — has been revealed as one of the hostage-takers of a Mid-North Coast correctional officer.
Around midday on December 19, Corrective Services NSW reported an officer had been taken hostage in the Mid-North Coast Correctional Facility by a 20-year-old inmate.
It is alleged the officer endured a five-hour ordeal at the hands of the convicted murderer.
An officer from the Mid North Coast Correctional Centre arrives at Port Macquarie base hospital after being held hostage for five hours by an armed inmate, Picture by Nathan Edwards
NewsLocal can reveal one of the hostage-takers was the teen terrorist who brutally murdered Queanbeyan petrol station attendant and Pakistani student, Zeeshan Akbar.
He stabbed Akbar through the heart — before writing ‘I-S’ in the blood of his victim on the window of the service station in June, 2017.
The inmate, who cannot be named as he was just 16 at the time of the murder, was sentenced to a maximum of 35 and a half years in prison in May, 2020 by NSW Supreme Court judge Geoffrey Bellew, who set a non-parole period for the teen of 27 and a half years.
In September 2019, the teen pleaded guilty to murder, while also pleading guilty to charges including robbery with an offensive weapon causing grievous bodily harm; assault occasioning actual bodily harm and stealing a car during the crime spree that resulted in the hospitalisation of two others and a police chase through Canberra.
Zeeshan Akbar who was stabbed to death by two teenage boys at the Caltex service station on Bungendore Road, Queanbeyan.
In his summary of the case, Justice Bellew said the teen “continued to exhibit anti-social personality traits including persistent rule breaking and criminal offending, aggression, deceitfulness, reckless disregard for the safety of others and lack of remorse or empathy”.
“It is possible that the offender has a severe personality disorder characterised by a high loading of psychopathic traits,” he said.
“Given his complex mental disorders and low level of intellectual function, he has been and remains highly susceptible to adverse influences, particularly violent extremists.”
Corrective Services sources, who did not wish to be named, said Mid-North Coast Governor Majid Marashian — a specialist hostage negotiator — worked to free the officer.
“If he wasn’t the one negotiating, this officer probably wouldn’t have made it out alive,” the source said.
“If there is an active hostage situation in our facilities, this is the guy you want negotiating for your life.”
Mid-North Coast Governor Majid Marashian
A Corrective Services NSW spokeswoman said the safety and security of staff was the department’s “highest priority”.
“We continue to work with staff, the unions and SafeWork NSW on ways to strengthen and improve processes and systems where required,” she said.
“Any assault on staff is unacceptable and we’re continuing to provide the affected officers and other staff with all available support.
“CSNSW staff injured at work receive benefits under the state’s Workers Compensation Act, and we make every effort to ensure staff return to work as soon as possible following workplace accidents and injuries.”
Mid North Coast Correctional Centre near Kempsey. Pic Nathan Edwards
Mid North Coast Correctional Centre has suffered from a series of hostage situations in the past 18-months, sparking a series of security enhancements at the facility including increased staff training, improved communications, a review of fencing and CCTV and a review of inmate movements.
“An internal review into the December incident is also ongoing,” the department spokeswoman said. “CSNSW will consider the findings of this review once finalised.”