Convicted killer’s $20k claim over jail toaster
THREE years after being paroled from jail a baby killer is still pursuing a $20,000 claim against the State Government - for being denied a toaster in jail.
Raymond Ali, who was given a life sentence in 2000 for murdering and dismembering his newborn daughter, is claiming discrimination on religious belief grounds.
Ali, a Muslim, claims when he was in Woodford Correctional Centre, on an Halal diet, he could not use a prisoners' grill for toasting, because others used it to cook ham.
"I believe every human being is entitled to have a piece of toast in the morning," Ali said, in an email from prison to a tribunal, in relation to his claim.
Ali also claims that while he was in Princess Alexandra Hospital, during his prison term, he was fed non-halal food, which was forbidden by his religion.
Ali claimed he was given a roast pork sandwich, pea and ham soup and a cheese and ham croissant in hospital.
Ali was found guilty of the murder of baby Chahlene, interfering with a corpse and concealing the birth in 2000 and served 17 years behind bars before being released on parole.
The former Halal butcher savagely bashed his newborn daughter to death at his Logan Village home in 1998, before dismembering her, cutting her in half and burying her body.
The baby's mother, who had worked in Ali's butcher shop and lived with him and his wife, was found guilty of manslaughter and given a four year sentence, suspended after nine months.
In 2013, Ali was granted $3000 compensation because he was given vegetarian food in prison for four months, instead of non-halal meat.
He later unsuccessfully tried to get the compensation payout doubled, while the State Government was denied an appeal bid.
Ali's latest claim for compensation for direct and indirect discrimination was accepted by the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Commission in 2017.
It is now before Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, where it is heading towards a hearing.
Ali has complained about the Woodford Correctional Centre general manager denying his request for a toaster, after he was transferred to the prison in 2016.
He claimed he was told he could instead wash the prisoners' industrial grill and use it.
Ali claimed the general manager had a personal vendetta against him, denying him his "basic human right", which was denied by the State Government.
Ali said he was only able to use a toaster in the prison in the last week or so before he was released on parole, in April, 2017. He was later deported.
Ali claims he was treated less favourably than a person without the attribute of a religious belief would have been treated.
The State Government, representing Corrective Services, denies the discrimination allegations, opposes the compensation claim.
Last year the government lost a tribunal bid to strike out Ali's latest claim.
On July 29, Ali and the State Government were directed to file statements of evidence and statements for each witness to be called to a tribunal hearing.
Ali was told all witnesses would have to attend in person, to be cross-examined.
A further directions hearing will be held later this year.
Originally published as Convicted killer's $20k claim over jail toaster