Put this bastard in a cold, dank, concrete box and slide food under the door

Some people are just taking the piss, all the time, even in prison. It is high time that Aaron Forden learned some tough lessons. He needs to be put in a cold, dank, concrete cell and fed only on things that can be slid under the door.

New Zealand’s most notorious prison escaper has smashed up a new high-tech cell built at great expense to contain our most dangerous criminals.

The Corrections Department spent $180,000 refurbishing a cell in the maximum security prison at Paremoremo. But last weekend, only six hours after being placed there, Aaron Forden ripped into it.

Seven months ago, the Herald on Sunday revealed that Forden, dubbed “Houdini” for his repeated escapes, had destroyed another cell. He had been placed in the detention centre known as ‘the pound’ after barricading himself in a tower at Paremoremo. 

Last month, an Auckland District Court judge added more than four years to Forden’s sentence for 22 offences including escaping.

Corrections refurbished two cells in an attempt to make them damage-proof, but a prison source said six hours into his solitary confinement Forden “totally destroyed this supposedly non-destructible cell”.

Officers responding to the noise couldn’t get into the cell because of the damage. “He totally busted up everything – they had this shatterproof glass which, well, shattered.

It smashed to smithereens, in fact it jammed up the runners of the doors so the officers couldn’t open the door.”


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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