A notorious rapist serving a life jail term has died at Casuarina Maximum Security Prison despite efforts to revive him before taking him to hospital in the early hours of Tuesday.
Paul Stephen Keating, who has been convicted of multiple brutal rapes, alerted staff around 11pm on Monday that he was feeling unwell.
Prison staff arranged for an ambulance on Tuesday morning and before paramedics arrived, they commenced administering CPR, a spokesman for the Department of Corrective Services said.
He was transferred by ambulance to hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Under the Coroners Act, his death will be treated as a ‘death in custody’ and investigated by WA police.
In March 2005, Keating was sentenced to 24 years in jail for the prolonged rape of a female prison worker in Bunbury in 2005.
He had dragged a woman tutor into a secluded area of the Bunbury prison and over six hours repeatedly raped and assaulted her at knifepoint.
At the time he was already serving a life sentence and indeterminate sentence for other horrific attacks dating back to 1979, including one on a female prison worker at Casuarina prison in 1992.
During an application to seek leave to appeal his 24-year prison sentence in 2007, Justice Carmel McLure referred to the sentencing judge’s comments that Keating was an extreme danger to the community and should not be released until he was too infirm to be a risk to anyone.
“He’s an overt sadistic rapist who’s a danger to the community, that’s the finding and it’s pretty hard to argue with it,” Justice McLure said.