An inmate has been charged with allegedly murdering his cellmate at a Western Sydney prison yesterday.
Officers from Auburn Police Area Command were called to Silverwater Correctional Centre following reports an inmate had died around 7.45pm.
When they arrived, police were told a 39-year-old man was located unresponsive in his cell and was unable to be revived despite extensive efforts from correctives officers and nurses.
Police established a crime scene inside the facility, which was examined by specialist officers.
Detectives commenced an investigation into the prisoner’s death, and with assistance by the Corrective Services Investigation Unit, arrested the dead man’s 35-year-old cellmate.
He was charged with murder and remains in custody.
A Corrective Services NSW spokeswoman said authorities were unable to release details into the incident until an investigation had been undertaken.
Corrective Services NSW deeply regrets the death of a 39-year-old-man at the Metropolitan Remand and Reception Centre and extends its deepest sympathy to loved ones,” the spokeswoman said in a statement to 9News.
Corrective Services NSW and NSW Police are investigating the incident.
Every aspect of the incident, including management and placement of the inmates involved, response times and action, will be thoroughly reviewed and any necessary action will be swiftly taken.
It would be premature to speculate on what led to the incident until all the facts are thoroughly investigated and reviewed.
He is set to appear via video link at Burwood Local Court today.