Grafton prisoner dies in bashing

BEHIND the cold brick walls of Grafton Jail, a brutal tragedy took place in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Ian Klum, formerly of Woolgoolga, was serving time for traffic offences and was the victim of an alleged assault in his cell.

After initially receiving treatment at Grafton Base Hospital,he was transferred via helicopter to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, where he died at 12.05pm yesterday as a result of his injuries.

Police said Klum, 53, had suffered bleeding to his head and swelling to his brain.

He was reported as being in a serious but stable condition late on Thursday.

Police have questioned Klum’s 50-year-old cellmate over the alleged assault.

A spokesperson for the Department of Corrective Services confirmed the man being questioned over Klum’s death was serving time for similar offences as the deceased.

Police would not reveal any further details last night as to whether charges were pending.

Police said a report would be prepared for the Coroner.

Staff at Grafton Jail conducted an internal investigation on the day of the incident, a spokesperson said, but the results of that inquiry have not been released.



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