Prison manager involved in lavish prisoner marriage is quietly moved to another prison

Prison manager who allowed drug traffickers to throw a lavish wedding and serve Moreton Bay bugs behind bars, was quietly moved to another prison

  • Lex Buchanan approved a 36-day marriage for drug trafficking
  • The wedding caused indignation after it was revealed that they were serving steak and bugs
  • Buchanan was one of seven officers who was quietly transferred to a new facility in QLD
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A prison director involved in a jailhouse wedding where a drug dealer was serving his guests, Moreton Bay bugs were quietly moved to a new facility.

Palen Creek prison farm vice general manager Lex Buchanan was one of seven officers involved in state transfers throughout Queensland.

He will now work in the Borallon prison, but Queensland Corrective Services would not confirm the nature of his new role, whether it is a promotion, relegation, or step.

Instead, QCS says the move & # 39; routine & # 39; and refuses to comment on Mr. Buchanan's involvement in the association of convicted drug dealer Terrence Thornbury and his fiancé, Jessica.

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Terrence John Thornbury (left), 41, allegedly on the grounds of Jessica married to Jessica Salmon (right)

Terrence John Thornbury (left), 41, allegedly on the grounds of Jessica married to Jessica Salmon (right)

On May 9, the couple married in a prison farm ceremony among 36 guests.

Those guests were served Moreton Bay bugs during the wedding, along with shrimp and steak.

QCS also refused to say who attended the wedding, and would not go into detail about the criminal history of every guest, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported.

They have confirmed that all guests have undergone extensive security checks.

The move was described by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Corrective Services Minister Mark Ryan as & # 39; disgusting & # 39 ;. They both said it & # 39; would never happen again & # 39 ;.

Mr. Buchanan agrees with the marriage of the convicted drug dealer Terrence Thornbury (right) and his fiancé, Jessica (left)
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Mr. Buchanan agrees with the marriage of the convicted drug dealer Terrence Thornbury (right) and his fiancé, Jessica (left)

Mr. Buchanan agrees with the marriage of the convicted drug dealer Terrence Thornbury (right) and his fiancé, Jessica (left)

The wedding took place in the farm at the prison of Palen Creek (photo) in May and 36 guests were invited

The wedding took place in the farm at the prison of Palen Creek (photo) in May and 36 guests were invited

The wedding took place in the farm at the prison of Palen Creek (photo) in May and 36 guests were invited

QCS said in response to the outrage they had updated the marriage approval guidelines for prisons in the state and confirmed an investigation into the wedding was underway.

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QCS Detention Operations Practice Guidelines said that detainees' marriages had to be approved by a substitute commissioner before they could be approved by a manager.

In the case of Thornbury and his wife, those approvals were not granted.

The case was referred to the Crime and Corruption Commission for further investigation, but QCS is now handling the matter internally.

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