Corey London: Inmate involved in love triangle takes issue with his treatment in prison

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A Sydney prisoner who had a relationship with a guard has criticized his treatment while in police custody, saying he was held in solitary confinement for nine weeks and fed raw chicken.

An inmate involved in a prison love triangle has lashed out at his treatment by correctional services while on remand.

Corey London pleaded guilty in Downing Center District Court to assaulting a fellow inmate at Long Bay Correctional Center in Sydney on May 19, 2020.

The court heard the 23-year-old, who is serving a six-year prison sentence for armed robbery, has been in special protection since December 2021.

The Daily Telegraph previously reported that London had engaged in a relationship with prison warden Melissa Goodwin, who was convicted for the relationship and given a 12-month community correction order.

Corey was put at additional risk when it was revealed that Goodwin, then a suspended guard, was dating Rebels Motorcycle Club associate and ex-con Caleb Valeri.

As London gave evidence about an inmate assault in 2020, his defense lawyer questioned him about the conditions he faced while in police custody.

London told the court he was moved to Junee Correctional Center and put in solitary confinement for two months during the December and January wave of Covid-19, saying he was forced to eat raw meat .

“I was locked in my cell for 24 hours without fresh air,” he said.

“I would be lucky to get a phone call once a week. I received no visits from my family, even via AVL .”

“I had dirty clothes for fifteen days. I don’t even know where to start with the food situation. They gave me cold chicken, and it wasn’t well cooked, so I had to eat it raw.

The London defense barrister told the court: “It would be hard to imagine a prison environment in Australia worse than nine weeks in solitary confinement.”

Returning to the 2020 assault on an inmate, London told the court he punched the fellow inmate after licking his ear, kissing his neck and rubbing his genitals against him.

London pleaded guilty to the assault, but claimed it was retaliation for the unwanted sexual advances.

Crown prosecutor Holly McMillan refuted that account and said London approached the victim to hand her dying mother over to her before lashing out at him, punching and kicking him.

Replying, London said: ‘That’s not what happened. I don’t like being called a liar.

Before sentencing, Judge Christopher Robison noted that assaults in prison “are not uncommon” and considered how to send a message of deterrence to other prisoners.

London will be sentenced for the assault on the inmate in Downing Center District Court later today.

His sentence for armed robbery expires on August 6.

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