Court hears murder victim was picked at random
A CONVICTED killer intent on murdering someone - anyone - to stop being moved in prison has been offered as the motive behind the brutal death of Bundaberg man Leonard Raymond Gordon.
The two-day inquest into the death of 22-year-old Mr Gordon, who was killed in the exercise yard of the Maryborough Correctional Centre on October 9, 2012, wrapped up yesterday.
Shine Lawyers solicitor Rebecca Ballantyne spoke on behalf of the family following the inquest.
"The hearing over the past two days has been a small step to understanding the tragic and unnecessary death of Leonard Gordon, son of Helen and brother of Jacqueline and Kayla," she said.
"At the time of his murder, Leonard was rehabilitated and just two days away from life outside of his jail cell and returning to see his mother and sisters. He had served his time and was neither threatening nor dangerous at the time his life was taken.
"Almost four years on and the Gordon family are still seeking answers. This inquest brings the family one step closer to understanding why Leonard Gordon endured a preventable death while in custody at the Maryborough Correctional Centre."
Gregory George Glebow is serving a life sentence for killing Mr Gordon with a metal piece of gym equipment.
The Coroners Court heard evidence about conversations between Mr Glebow and Queensland Corrective services executive director Samantha Newman in March and May this year.
She said conflict issues relating to other prisoners meant on the morning of Mr Gordon's death Glebow had been told he would be moved. It appears to stop the move Glebow decided to kill another prisoner.
"He (Glebow) was quite a complex individual. He had a high level of anxiety. He was getting quite stressed," she said.
"Mr Gordon was not in anyway targeted. It was a case of ruling out those he was friendly with.
"It's very unfortunate Mr Gordon was the prisoner available to him to inflict that harm."
The inquest focussed on a number of issues including why the box of gym equipment was in the yard where prisoners were held during a search of their cells, despite a dog squad officer's concerns.
But the court heard the equipment had been there for seven years without incident. Following Mr Gordon's death similar equipment was removed from all prisons across the state within 24 hours.
The court also heard that both Mr Gordon and Glebow were in the same unit in protective custody and there were limited options available. Since Mr Gordon's death a centralised system to enable protected prisoner to be transferred across the state's 19 protective units has been established.
In his closing submission, counsel assisting the coroner Peter Johns also touched on the lack of supervision in the exercise yard. He described the brutal and sudden assault as unforeseeable and said he did not believe added supervision would have changed the outcome.
"He (Glebow) needed to be be caught," he said.
"Mr Glebow was clearly intent to do what he did to Mr Gordon or someone else."
Justice and Attorney General department barrister Kylie Hillard delivered her closing submissions and said on the evidence there should be no criticism of Maryborough Correctional Centre staff.
She said staff were doing their best in an over-capasity facility - a flow on effect from the former government which resulted in more people in custody.
"He (Glebow) was still in protection and he was still an individual who had to be placed somewhere," she said.
The court heard the Maryborough facility had 70 flagged protected prisoners in the 50-bed unit.
Mr Gordon's family has three weeks to provide written submissions before Coroner Terry Ryan hands down his finding in October.