NRL star Payne Haas’s mother, Uiatu ‘Joan’ Taufua, is transferred to Brisbane Women’s Prison after ‘altercation’ at South Queensland Correctional Facility
- Payne Haas’ mother was transferred to a new jail
- Uiatu Taufua reportedly clashed with inmates
- She is in pretrial detention for a fatal accident
The NRL star’s mother, Payne Haas, has been transferred to another jail after reportedly clashing with inmates at her former prison.
Uiatu ‘Joan’ Taufua is on remand and facing charges for a fatal car crash that killed three people in Bonogin on the Gold Coast in December.
She has since been transferred from the South Queensland Correctional Center to Brisbane Women’s Prison, the mail informed.
“Detectives with the Correctional Services Investigation Unit are investigating an assault at a Spring Creek correctional facility on May 31,” a police spokeswoman said.
Uiatu ‘Joan’ Taufua is in pretrial detention and faces charges for a fatal car crash in December
Taufua arrives at a 2019 Brisbane court hearing where she was sentenced for assaulting a delivery man
Initial investigations indicate that two women were assaulted and treated at the scene for minor injuries. Investigations are ongoing.
Taufau is understood to have been involved in an argument after returning to Brisbane Women’s Prison.
She reportedly argued with another prisoner as they lined up to receive the phone.
Following the alleged altercation, Taufua was placed in a holding cell, according to prison officials.
“If they are in the DU, they have cells with no electricity, no TV or radio,” said one officer.
“There are some cells that allow access to a television if the inmate is approved to have television access.”
A Queensland Correctional Services spokesman said it was a Queensland Police Service matter.
Taufua faces three counts of manslaughter after his black Mercedes wagon crashed head-on into a silver Mercedes and a power pole in Bonogin, in the Gold Coast hinterland, on December 30.
The three people in the silver Mercedes, Chris Fawcett, 79, his partner Susan Zimmer, 70, and their daughter Stephanie, 35, died in the accident.
Police allege that Taufua was seen “driving erratically” shortly before the accident and sped away after a patrol car activated its lights and sirens in an attempt to stop her.
Within a minute of driving away, police allege Taufua veered onto the wrong side of Bonogin Road around 5 p.m. where he struck the Mercedes.
Taufua faces a series of charges for an accident on the Gold Coast on December 30 that killed three people
NRL star Payne Haas (pictured as he prepares to play State of Origin in 2019 for NSW) has admitted fighting his mother’s charges and imprisonment.
She has also been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, evading police, driving without a license and driving under the influence.
Haas, who plays for the Brisbane Broncos, told Nine Newspapers in February that he had been having trouble coming to terms with his mother’s accusation and jailing.
‘I’m not going to lie and say it’s been easy. It’s been very hard,’ she said.
I am lucky to have a good support network around me, I have my partner (Leilani) and my daughter (Lalita).
“I’m (also) close to mom, I’m a mom’s son.”