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The prisoner gave him a frightening warning before he murdered his cellmate


The family of a man who was murdered in prison by his cellmate 15 years ago has the feeling of reliving the nightmare after a prisoner died in his cell that week.

At just 24, Craig Behr was seven years in prison when he was transferred from Goulburn prison to Michael Alan Heatley in Sydney's Long Bay prison.

He was dead within half an hour of his arrival.

Heatley admitted to beating Behr to death. He suffered a head injury, inhaled vomit during the attack, and finally died when his brain was out of oxygen.

Before Behr moved into his cell, Heatley asked officials to keep him away from other prisoners, 9News reported.

At just 24 years old, Craig Behr (pictured) was seven years in prison when he was taken to a cell from Goulburn prison with the man who would later kill him

He alarmedly warned her of his "murder tendencies" – something he had also told a prison psychologist – but said his requests fell on deaf ears.

"I didn't want to kill him," Heatley told the police after the attack.

"I'm not a schizo, but I have a mental health problem. I am murderous. I've been telling you this for days. Then they tell me this morning that they are bringing this guy together with me and I asked them not to, but they said they would.

"I told them I was going to kill him, but they just said I was full of S ** t."

Heatley, who was originally in prison for armed robbery, was sentenced to another 18 years in prison.

Craig's brother, Stephen Behr, said the recent alleged murder at Silverwater Prison (pictured) west of Sydney was a jolt to the family system

Craig's brother, Stephen Behr, said the recent alleged murder at Silverwater Prison (pictured) west of Sydney was a jolt to the family system

Behr was murdered within a few minutes of being placed in a new cell at Long Bay Prison (pictured) in Sydney

Behr was murdered within a few minutes of being placed in a new cell at Long Bay Prison (pictured) in Sydney

Behr's family has since moved on. They were seated through the coronary examination of his death, which concluded that "systemic and individual errors" were responsible for bringing him to his murderer's cell on March 27, 2004.

But his brother Stephen Behr said the recent alleged murder at Silverwater Prison in western Sydney was a jolt to the family system.

"Fifteen years later everything happened again," said Behr.

When I first heard about it two or three days ago, I was in my office and said: No, that can't be right. Can that happen again? "" He said.

An inmate was charged with murder after the death of his cellmate in a West Sydney correctional facility (image)

An inmate was charged with murder after the death of his cellmate in a West Sydney correctional facility (image)

When the police arrived at the facility, they were told that a 39-year-old man in his cell was unresponsive and, despite the efforts of judicial officers and nurses, could not be resuscitated

When the police arrived at the facility, they were told that a 39-year-old man in his cell was unresponsive and, despite the efforts of judicial officers and nurses, could not be resuscitated

“My mother, whom I had to comfort two days ago, called me about ten minutes later when she heard the news.

Mr. Behr said: "The memories have come back."

Corrective Services NSW is investigating the recent death in which 35-year-old Matthew Macguire is accused of killing 39-year-old fellow Ryan Fennell on Monday evening.

Mr. Behr said he and his family are open to talking to the youngest victim's family.

A review of the NSW Correction Services process has been ordered and Mr. Behr said he and his family hope the recommendations will not be ignored.

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