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Baby killer tries to double his compensation

A FORMER butcher who chopped up his newborn daughter has tried to double his compensation payout after being fed vegetarian meals at Maryborough jail.

Raymond Akhtar Ali was jailed for life for bashing his daughter to death just moments after her birth in 1998, cutting her in half then burying her at his Logan home, to hide an affair.

Last year, he was awarded $3000 compensation for discrimination because Maryborough Correctional Centre failed to prepare meals in accordance with his religious beliefs.

Ali was fed vegetarian meals for four months, after being wrongly told that halal meat was not available, and paperwork was submitted by prison staff saying vegetarian meals were a suitable alternative.

The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal ordered the State Government to pay $3000, after finding the error "forced a person who otherwise ate meat as part of his diet to eat a vegetarian diet".

But Ali, then aged 60, lodged an appeal saying the payout was inadequate and should be $6000.

The State Government also lodged an appeal, with Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie saying it made no sense to award "a monster" $3000.

In its appeal, the state argued the matter was not discrimination, merely a misunderstanding in the prison's paperwork.

"It seems plainly enough open to conclude that something had miscarried within the system," the judgment said.

However, both appeals have been dismissed by a QCAT saying while Ali should keep his original compensation amount, he does not deserve more.

"The fact that the discrimination may have occurred because there was an error or misunderstanding within the applicant's system is no answer to the claim," QCAT judicial member Keiran Cullinane wrote in the recent judgment.

"Whilst there was no suggestion of any lasting effect on the respondent's health the nature of the discrimination cannot be dismissed lightly."

Ali's compensation will be paid into a victim trust fund.

Topics:  appeal halal maryborough maryborough jail prison



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