Prison guards defended over inmate's brazen hospital shotgun escape

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 07:49:06 AM. The West Australian Prison Officers Union says two guards followed proper procedure during an armed prisoner escape outside Fremantle Hospital
Photo: Prisoner Johnathan Sedman was recaptured in Medina after three hours on the run. (Supplied: WA Police) The West Australian Prison Officers Union has defended the action of two of its guards during an armed escape of an inmate outside Fremantle Hospital in broad daylight. Convicted armed robber Johnathan Sedman was being escorted by two guards to a medical appointment on Tuesday afternoon when they were confronted by a man armed with a shotgun. It is alleged the gunman hit one of the guards in the head with the firearm before helping Sedman escape and flee in a waiting car being driven by a woman. Sedman and his two accomplices were arrested after three hours on the run in the southern Perth suburb of Medina. Photo: This white Holden Commodore was used in the escape. (Supplied: WA Police) It has been revealed the guards parked in a public car park near the hospital and not on the hospital grounds. WA Prison Officers Union (WAPOU) secretary John Welch said the officers — who were not armed — were following procedure and did nothing wrong. "Yesterday was a shocking event and we are 100 per cent supportive of our members who we think were very brave in very difficult circumstances," he said. Mr Welch said it was the second escape of a prisoner from Fremantle Hospital since 1995, when convicted armed robber Brett Maston was freed by his girlfriend who was also armed with a shotgun. Secure facility not being used at Fiona Stanley He said the escape could have been...Read more
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