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Concern over paraplegic man's prison care

AAP logoAAP 2/09/2016 Rebecca Gredley

The mother of a man jailed for taking five people hostage before being shot twice by police, leaving him a paraplegic, is concerned about how the WA prison system will handle his high-level care.

Amanda Ashley's son Daniel, 27, was sentenced to six years in jail on Thursday over the three-hour siege at his ex-girlfriend's Mosman Park home in June last year.

Ashley, who was depressed, wanted to die at the hands of police, but was instead left a paraplegic and partially blind in one eye.

Ms Ashley says due to his disability her son has to be turned during the night, self-catheterise and be extra cautious about bowel movements.

Despite understanding the crime he committed deserves punishment, she hopes his level of care is maintained and he does not leave prison in worse physical condition than he is in now.

"I will be there for him, I will ensure that he gets good care. I believe he will have an independent and wonderful life if given the opportunity and time," she told ABC radio on Friday.

Ms Ashley expressed surprise that her son's ankles were handcuffed and shackled to his wheelchair when he was transferred between facilities, but accepted it was police process.

She said her son was still learning to live as a paraplegic and would find prison difficult.

WA Corrective Services commissioner James McMahon said the department provided healthcare to an equal standard as was available in the community.

"We provide specific care for specific cases," he said.

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