Gone to seed ... Martin Bryant pictured this week in Risdon Prison, Hobart.
Picture: Gary Ramage
A POLICE officer who was instrumental in Martin Bryant's arrest after the Port Arthur massacre 19 years ago has warned more needed to be done to protect front line workers exposed to monsters such as Bryant in jail.
"We absolutely have a concern for the workers in there," said Police Union president Pat Allen.
"As a person who was at Port Arthur and as a union president I would be concerned if that was happening to my members."
Mr Allen was one of the first police officers to arrive at the Seascape guest house where Bryant lay siege for 19 hours after the Port Arthur massacre, and spent several hours in a ditch being shot at by before the killer's arrest.
Fear ... President of the police union, Pat Allen, says he is concerned for the jail workers who work with Bryant and people like him. Picture: News Corp Source:News Corp Australia
His comments come after News Corp revealed on Sunday that Bryant has assaulted several jail workers in Hobart's notorious Risdon prison in the past 19 years, and was involved in an attack on a male nurse in February which left him with a fractured jaw and possibly unable to resume his duties.
The attack was the latest in a string of assaults by the vicious killer, which along with ongoing health issues have contributed to driving the cost of his incarceration into the millions.
Following the assault, Bryant was moved to a different maximum security wing of notorious Risdon prison. The Mersey unit's exercise yard is visible from a public reserve overlooking the jail, and it was from here that News Corp recorded the photos and video last Thursday. They were the first images of Bryant in 18 years.
Behind bars ... Martin Bryant in Risdon Prison, Hobart.
They show a balding, heavily overweight loner whose only access to the outside world is a heavily fortified steel screen in the exercise cage he has access to for up to six hours a day.
Picture: Gary Ramage Source:Supplied
Bryant's only visitor has been his mother, Carleen Bryant, who would not comment on this story.
Greg Barns, a prisoner advocate who has supported Mrs Bryant in the past, described her as "a lovely person".
"She's a lovely woman and I think a very courageous woman, because I think to continue living in this community is extraordinarily courageous," he said.
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Still trying to convince people that Martin Bryant was the Port Arthur killer, because of the original story that they created about him to take the fall, the Murdock media is refreshing everyone's memory of the official line ready for the 20th anniversary coming up next year.
Remember that Martin didn't get a trial, had his mansion and legacy confiscated so that he couldn't afford a lawyer and then was appointed one by the court. There were no witnesses at the hearing and to this day no one has ever identified Martin Bryant as the Port Arthur Killer. Not one witness except the Murdock media has ever said "This is the Man". The campaign, to instill in people's mind that Martin Bryant was the Arthur shooter, is still being waged ready for the expected reliving of the event of the murders next year. People will expect some kind of tribute to the dead who died for John Howard's antiquated gun laws and in the face of new evidence that proves Martin is innocent they have already begun the campaign in their powerful propaganda machine to combat our truth.
And what will they have to say after all these years of saying nothing at all? One way to get a good story would be to interview the man himself, after all we have not heard his story yet. They will tell you that only Carleen, his mother, visits him but that is because she is the only one allowed to visit him. Journalists have been told not to touch this and the general public, like me, were told that Martin is not receiving any visits.
You simply can't get an interview with Martin for fear he lets the cat out of the bag and convinces someone that he has no idea why he is behind bars. Suffering from aspergers disease, and having the mind of an 11 year old child, Martin was the perfect patsy for the Port Arthur murders and I would suspect that an interview would prove that he would be unable to understand what he had been accused of or even worse tell the truth about how he happened to be at the Seascape Inn that day and who his friend was.
IF THE TASMANIAN POLICE ARE SO SURE BRYANT IS GUILTY
WHY NOT LET INDEPENDENT JOURNALISTS INTERVIEW HIM
KILLERS LIKE IVAN MILAT, THE SNOW TOWN MURDERES AND EVEN CHOPPER REID HAVE NOT ONLY BEEN INTERVIEWED BUT ALSO HAD MOVIES MADE ABOUT THEM. WHEN WILL WE SEE A MOVIE ABOUT THE PORT ARTHUR MASSACRE? NOT LIKELY, SINCE THE GUILTY PARTIES INCLUDE THE HIGHEST ECHELONS OF OUR AUTHORITIES.
And if there are any fair dinkum journalists out there are you really not interested in interviewing the, so called, "killer of the century"?