Crime victims will be given priority access to a $100,000 payout from South Australian taxpayers to a convicted drug trafficker.
Bruno Tassone, who remains in custody, has been awarded the compensation after he said his diabetes worsened while being held in prison.
Victims of Crime Commissioner Michael O’Connell said many people would be disturbed about such a payout.
While more than $40,000 of the payment will go to the man’s lawyers, Mr O’Connell said the rest of the money would be quarantined for a year to give victims of crime an opportunity to claim it.
“What’s important is that this prisoner, like any other prisoner, cannot profiteer,” he said.
“[For] the money that he or she does claim, the victim has a right of claim if they can prove their case.
“That’s what is important, so that victims can get access to this money.”
South Australian Police Minister Pete Malinauskas said he did not see any need to tighten the laws on taxpayer-funded compensation inmates could receive.
Mr Malinauskas admitted he was incredibly disappointed with the payment but said the legislation ensured crime victims had first right to claim a share of the money.
“The laws are already pretty tight. In the one other instance when a prisoner received a payout like this, 100 per cent of the funds got allocated to the victims of crime,” he said.
“We think that’s an appropriate result and we’ll be working hard to repeat that in this instance.”
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