A VIOLENT inmate with a long criminal history was granted leave to walk out of prison unaccompanied for a family funeral.

The Bulletin understands the man, who was locked up at Townsville Correctional Centre for allegedly breaching parole conditions from a previous conviction, was granted "day bail" by the courts to attend his grandmother's funeral on June 16.

Prison sources confirmed the inmate was released at 8.30am on the understanding he would hand himself in at the city watchhouse by 4pm. He returned without incident.

Prison sources said the usual procedure for inmates attending funerals would see prisoners accompanied by guards and possibly hand­cuffed the entire time.

Senior police said they had not been made aware of the ­arrangement.

"It is one of the most extraordinary decisions I've heard of in my many years of policing," one officer said.

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