Government trial to help anxious new mothers in Melbourne jail
Jailed for six years for murder, Michael Giddens has revealed his ordeal has brought him closer to God.
The 4넷마블 포커6-year-old father-of-two from South Sydney, NSW, died after a long and bitter battle with depression in 2006, while in prison.
media_camera Giddens at a memorial in Melbourne. Picture: Jason South
As a result, more than 30 new mothers with children and their new husbands were jailed for life.
They are accused of killing Michael by taking part in a group sex raid on the night of October 20, 2006.
media_camera Giddens with his son Matt (right), then 20 months, during a farewell dinner in February 2009. Picture: Jason South
During a visit to the Melbourne Correctional Centre as part of her job as a counsellor, Amanda Collins came across Giddens on the night of the raid.
The 30-year-old then told her about a group of friends she had known as “the girls and the boys”.
“I didn’t know anyone had been held against their will, but someone did tell them they could be there as soon as they turned 18,” she recalled.
“There were four girls in the group. I could only tell them we wanted to see a prison. It’s an amazing idea.
“But all of the girls were angry and wanted it all over.”
media_camera Giddens at his daughter Katie’s high school graduation at Glenmore Oval in 2012. Picture: Jason South
But Giddens told Amanda Collins what he was going to do. He told her he would get the girls and the boys home from the prison on a motorbike and go home with them, then kill them with a shotgun.
In the days leading up to the killing, Giddens had been living in a mental hospital at the Glenmore Oval detention centre, but was let out to go home to attend to personal matters when the case went to trial.
“Giddens knew this would be his worst-case scenario,” Assistant Commissioner Tony Smith told reporters in September 2009.
“There was no reason in the world for the prison not to do what was best for Michael.
“We are fortunate that a