Prisoner threatened with death if released
A Victorian prisoner repeatedly warned authorities not to release him and threatened to kill him if he was released so he could return to prison.
Last year Ali Jalal told his psychologist he would commit an act of extreme violence if released. He later told a prison staff member that it was up to the judge to take a risk and gamble with the life of an innocent person.
Letters were found in the Iraqi-born man’s cell addressed to the counterterrorism police.
Jalal wrote “white power”, “death to all Muslims”, and said he was inspired by the SAS and the Christchurch gunman.
In a separate intercepted letter, Jalal said he was an angry man with extreme opinions.
The 34-year-old suffers from a personality disorder and is effectively institutionalized after spending eight years in custody since 2013, Victoria County Court said on Wednesday.
His sentence for theft expired in 2019.
He has repeatedly told Victoria Police, Victoria Corrections and his psychologist that he would target “any random person” or someone “who is looking at him oddly” if released so that he can be imprisoned again.
“If you let me out, I’m going to kill a lot of people,” Jalal said.
“I’m going to screw up the murder of all of them.”
He pleaded guilty to five counts of death threats and one count of threatening to inflict serious bodily harm for the comments made between October 2020 and April of this year.
Among them, Jalal said he would “fuck the fuck up” with the judge and prison staff and that there would be a public inquiry into why he was released.
Appearing in court via video link, Jalal said that “it all started when I was denied access to religious documents.”
“I am in a toxic cycle in prison,” he also told Judge Duncan Allen.
“My only human interactions are with the officers patting me and strip searching me.”
Judge Allen said it seemed Jalal had become institutionalized and was afraid of how he would fare in the community.
“These letters, these threats (…) it is in fact ‘I say these things to convince you, you must keep me locked up” “, declared the judge.
Acting on behalf of Jalal, lawyer Rishi Nathwani said the man did not intend to do the things he threatened, but tried to get what he wanted from the authorities.
This behavior was linked to Jalal’s disadvantaged background, which caused his personality disorder, Nathwani said.
Jalal was classified as a serious violent offender and he would inevitably serve more jail time, the court was told.
Victoria Corrections said they could not manage Jalal on the orders of the community given his mental health needs and the risk he posed to staff and the public.
He was returned to court for a new pre-sentence hearing on June 22.
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