A baby killer will get to keep $3000 compensation for being fed vegetables rather than halal food in prison, but has lost his bid to have it increased.
It’s usually a case of double or nothing, but convicted baby killer Raymond Akhtar Ali has experienced the opposite in his quest for compensation over a prison food bungle.
Ali has failed in his bid to get twice as much compensation – and the Queensland government has lost an appeal to deny his payout.
So he’ll get to keep $3000 for being forced to eat vegetables rather than halal meat for four months in prison.
Ali was awarded the compensation last year after a Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) member found prison staff told him halal food wasn’t available, when it was.
The decision outraged Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie who vowed to appeal as it defied logic to award a “monster” $3000.
The state argued the tribunal should never have made a discrimination finding because Ali was fed a vegetarian diet as a result of a misunderstanding.
But the tribunal ruled Ali should keep his compensation.
“Whilst there was no suggestion of any lasting effect on the respondent’s health, the nature of the discrimination cannot be dismissed lightly,” the judgment published on Wednesday said.
In a separate decision, the tribunal dismissed Ali’s appeal to have his compensation doubled.
He said he deserved $6000 because the tribunal should have found he was deliberately denied halal meals.
But his argument wasn’t successful.
“It seems plainly enough open to conclude that something had miscarried within the system,” the judgment said.
This could have been an error, miscommunication or breakdown in the system, the tribunal found.
Ali is serving a life sentence for savagely bashing his newborn daughter to death in 1998 before cutting her body in half and burying it at his Logan Village home.
His compensation will be paid into a victim trust fund, which can attract claims from victims and other agencies.