Crook bitten by crocodile: scales of justice?

A TERRITORY crook has met one of the Top End's most fearsome creatures - and come off second best.

A low-security prisoner from the Darwin Correctional Centre is "convalescing" back at the jail after he was bitten by a crocodile on Monday while working at the Darwin Crocodile Farm in Noonamah.

The prisoner was on day release and has been working at the farm since July as part of the NT's Sentenced to a Job program.

The unlucky crim was taken to the Palmerston Health Clinic, where he received treatment for puncture wounds to his left arm.

The NT News understands the crocodilian culprit was a baby saltie.

His victim was also given antibiotics to keep any infection at bay. The Corrections Department confirmed the incident when contacted by the NT News. A spokesman said the prisoner was recovering and is enjoying a break from his duties.

"He was taken back to the prison and is convalescing in his accommodation block," the spokesman said.

"He is expected to return to work later in the week."

The Sentenced to a Job program has copped some criticism since it was introduced by the CLP in 2013.

Earlier this year, a prisoner, who was supposed to be at his work placement, was sprung by an off-duty correctional services officer enjoying a flutter on the pokies at Winnellie Tavern.

In the same month, a male and female prisoner admitted to having sex in the bus used to drop other prisoners off to their various work placements.

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