Investigation continues into death

THE circumstances surrounding the death of local man Ian Klum are still unclear.

Coffs/Clarence detectives have yet to make an arrest and were late yesterday still awaiting the results of a post-mortem examination.

The Woolgoolga 53-year-old died in a Brisbane hospital on Monday after he was bashed in his cell by another inmate at Grafton Jail last week. He had suffered bleeding to his head and swelling to his brain.

A senior correctional officer has been suspended while Corrective Services undertakes an internal investigation.

Mr Klum had been in prison for four weeks.

His appeal was to be heard in the Coffs Harbour District Court last Tuesday but due to a backlog of cases the matter was stood over to yesterday.

Under the circumstances, the matter was mentioned briefly, with District Court Judge Garry Neilson expressing sympathy for the family.

Mr Klum’s list of prior convictions and traffic offences spans some eight pages, with countless speeding, seat belt and disqualified driving offences along with charges of drink driving and drive in a manner dangerous.

In 2008, he was sentenced to serve three months’ jail when found guilty of three counts of disqualified driving.

On New Year’s Eve last year he was again arrested for disqualified driving in Woolgoolga.

Pleading guilty to his charge in court on May 5, he was sentenced to serve six months’ imprisonment and ordered off the roads until 2030.

In 2005, he was labelled by authorities as a habitual traffic offender, going on to be convicted of a string of traffic matters.



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