Serial killer Ivan Milat to stay in hospital for another night for tests



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Serial killer Ivan Milat is expected to spend a third night in a Sydney hospital after being transferred from NSW's highest security prison for medical tests.

The 74-year-old backpacker killer was transferred to Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick yesterday afternoon for a series of tests.

9News understands the 74-year-old was transferred to the hospital for scans ordered by a specialist, however his current condition is not life-threatening, and is expected to be moved back to prison in coming days.

Serial killer Ivan Milat will stay in a Sydney hospital for at least another night, after being transferred from NSW's highest security jail for a series of medical tests. (AAP)
It is also understood Milat is being held in a private section of the hospital where inmates are treated under restrictive conditions put in place by Corrective Services NSW.

The 74-year-old he is understood to have recently lost 20 kilograms and is being assessed for possible organ failure linked to geriatric anorexia, according to the ABC.

The former road worker was sentenced in 1996 to seven consecutive life sentences for murdering seven backpackers whose bodies were found in makeshift graves in NSW's Belanglo State Forest in the 1990s.

He also kidnapped British tourist Paul Onions but he managed to escape from Milat's vehicle.

Milat, 74, was moved from Goulburn's supermax jail to the Prince of Wales Hospital while under restrictive supervision. (AAP)
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Corrective Services NSW Commissioner Peter Severin yesterday said prisoner transfers were done in the "most secure and safe way possible".

High-risk and terrorism-related inmates are always guarded by specialist staff from the extreme high-security escort unit, a corrective services spokeswoman said.

"Extensive security planning and assessment is undertaken before such movements occur.

"At least one form of restraint – handcuffs or ankle cuffs – remains on high-risk inmates during medical treatment, subject to medical requirements."

Inmates are also searched before they leave prison and when they return, the spokeswoman said yesterday.

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