Killer Victorian bomber on twitter ban

Jailed Melbourne bomber Craig Minogue has been banned from calling an interstate associate who has been running the killer's Twitter account.

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Victorian killer Craig Minogue banned from contact with man who sends his tweets out. (AAP)

Prisoners will be punished for using outside contacts to run social media accounts after a crackdown on prolific jailhouse tweeter, Melbourne bomber Craig Minogue.

The 57-year-old, serving time for the city's fatal Russell Street bombing in 1986, has been tweeting via proxy since April last year by phoning an interstate associate who's been managing his account @minogue_craig.

Among his 470-plus tweets are comments about the February stabbing of drug lord Tony Mokbel, who is also serving time in Victoria's Barwon Prison.

Corrections Minister Ben Carroll said Minogue's contact was no longer on the approved callers list.

"Prisoners do not have direct access to the internet, but we have found a loophole where they can use their telephone rights to then ask an independent third party to upload information to the world wide web," Mr Carroll told reporters.

"Right now we're updating our corrections regulations to insert a new offence, where prisoners using third parties independently to access social media will have certain privileges taken away, whether it be phone access or their outside prison time in the general yard."

Mr Carroll is also asking federal Attorney-General Christian Porter and Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, who oversee the national criminal code, to create an offence targeting those third parties assisting prisoners from interstate.

Mr Carroll and the previous minister both wrote to Twitter to have the account deactivated, but the social media giant has not responded.

Prisoners will still be able to phone and write to people but the problem with social media is publishing on the internet, Mr Carroll said.

Opposition Liberal corrections spokesman David Southwick said his party has been calling for action for months.

He re-posted Minogue's Mokbel tweet along with the comment: "That in Daniel Andrews' Victoria, we are relying on convicted killer Craig Minogue to tell us what is going on in our prisons, speaks volumes".

Mr Southwick's tweet has since been removed.

"A violent prisoner like Craig Minogue should not be able to tweet out on a regular occurrence, like some sort of Hollywood movie actor," he told reporters.

"This is something that goes beyond belief."

Minogue bombed the Russell Street Police Headquarters in 1986, killing Constable Angela Taylor and injuring 22 others.

He later killed another man in jail with gym weights hidden in a pillow case.

He has served more than 30 years in jail and legislation is in place to keep him behind bars indefinitely.

Minogue's Twitter account also contains audio files of the killer, recorded over the phone from prison.

Published 7 March 2019 at 2:34pm
Source: AAP