One of WA's most notorious murderers - a member of the so-called lesbian vampire killers - has made a brazen attempt to escape from Greenough Regional Prison, breaching at least one security fence before being recaptured.
Valerie Parashumti, who is serving a life sentence for the 2006 murder of 16-year-old Stacey Mitchell, triggered alarms while climbing an internal fence and was caught as the prison went into lockdown on Thursday morning.
The Department of Corrective Services said staff responded swiftly to the attempted escape and the prisoner was contained inside the perimeter fencing before being moved to a management cell.
The attempted breakout angered Stacey's mother Sophie Mitchell, who last night told The Weekend West that she hoped it would lead to further jail time for Parashumti.
"It just proves what a psycho she is," Mrs Mitchell said.
"Instead of taking the punishment to be served, she is obviously not absorbing or accepting it."
Vampire culture-obsessed Parashumti, 24, and her lover Jessica Stasinowsky were sentenced to strict-security life in prison with a non-parole period of 24 years.
They stuffed Stacey's body into a wheelie bin at a house they shared in Lathlain.
They have been incarcerated in separate prisons as part of their punishment.
"The DCS can confirm that an incident occurred where a female prisoner activated alarms and security systems while climbing an internal fence," a spokesman said.
He said that in accordance with protocol for all major security incidents, a full review and investigation would be launched.
Penalties for prisoners attempting to escape range from solitary confinement and a loss of privileges to criminal charges and an extension of their sentence.
WA Prison Officers Union acting secretary Andy Smith used the incident to attack the Government's decision to create a temporary female unit at the previously all-male Greenough Regional Prison to alleviate pressure on Bandyup Women's Prison, "which is bursting at the seams".
"It's a unit that is designed for males within a male prison that is now just temporarily fenced off to house females," he said.
"It's not designed to do the job."
Mrs Mitchell said her family were still reeling from Stacey's senseless murder. "I can never forget what they (Parashumti and Stasinowsky) have done," she said.
"They took my daughter's life. They should never be released."