Dead man a deportee believed to have been in one Australia’s most notorious prisons

    UPDATED: Fisatina Puafisi, whose body was recovered late yesterday afternoon by a Police Search and Rescue boat, was deported to Tonga from Australia.

    Puafisi is understood to have been locked up in the maximum security wing of Goulburn prison along with serial killer Ivan Milat and others.

    Puafisi was described by one source as being mentally unstable and prone to violence if he stopped taking his medication.

    Deputy Police Commissioner Pelenatita Vaisuai told Kaniva News Puafisi had been “removed from Australia and sent back to Tonga.”

    Puafisi was last seen walking past the Little Italy hotel carrying a kayak.

    The hotel manager of the Little Italy hotel told local media she had no idea Puafisi was a deportee.

    She said she was disappointed the Australian authority booked him in without letting her know about his background.

    Prison

    A story about the Goulburn ‘Supermax’ wing was published in the Australian edition of The Daily Mail in August 2015.

    It included a photograph of a man named as Puafisi. The photograph resembled the picture of the former inmate released by Tongan Police.

    Puafisi’s photo was published alongside a photo of mass murderer Ivan Milat, one of 37 prisoners in the Supermax jail. He is serving seven life sentences for murdering backpackers in Belanglo Forest.

    The Daily Mail published Puafisiʻs picture and description as part of a story on a  book,  Australia’s Most Murderous Prison, by James Phelps.

    Deportees

    Tongan Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva told former New Zealand Prime Minister John Key in August that he was concerned about high risk deportees being sent back to the kingdom.

    Hon. Pohiva said the Tongan government was not told about the crimes they had committed overseas.

    After the deportees arrived in Tonga they were released into the community and there was nothing the government could do to make sure they would do no more harm to the society.

    Hon. Pohiva said it was important for the government to be informed so they could alert people if any criminal deportees moved into the community.

    The main points

    • Fisatina Puafisi, whose body was recovered late yesterday afternoon by a Police Search and Rescue boat, was deported to Tonga from Australia.
    • Puafisi is understood to have been locked up in the maximum security wing of Goulburn prison along with serial killer Ivan Milat.
    • Puafisi was last seen walking past the Little Italy hotel carrying a kayak.
    • Tongan Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva told former New Zealand Prime Minister John Key in August that he was concerned about high risk deportees being sent back to the kingdom.

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