Anna Leask is senior police reporter for the New Zealand Herald.

Easter Bunny will skip Petricevic's jail cell

Rod Petricevic will be getting just plain, healthy prison food this Easter. Photo / Greg Bowker
Rod Petricevic will be getting just plain, healthy prison food this Easter. Photo / Greg Bowker

Jailed former Bridgecorp director Rod Petricevic will have no special Easter meal for his first weekend behind bars.

It is understood Petricevic is on remand at Mt Eden Prison in central Auckland.

The prison is operated by private company Serco, which said prisoners were "provided with appropriate quantities of healthy food which meet their dietary needs".

"Menus during the Easter weekend are no different from any other time of the year.

"Breakfast consists of items such as cereal and toast, lunch includes items such as sandwiches and fruit, and dinner includes items such as macaroni and cheese and meatloaf," a spokeswoman told the Weekend Herald.

"Encouraging prisoners to eat healthily and exercise complements our work to tackle alcohol and drug abuse. It ultimately helps rehabilitation and reduces the burden on the health system."

There would be no "extras" for inmates over the Easter weekend, just simple prison fare.

It's a far cry from Moreton's Bar and Restaurant in the swanky Auckland suburb of St Heliers, a known hang-out of Petricevic.

There, the failed financier could have chosen from a selection of main courses including chicken breast served on corn cake with red pepper salsa, grilled asparagus, crispy prosciutto and lemon beurre blanc sauce, Akaroa salmon fillet, duck-breast, or herb-crusted lamb rump.

It's unlikely Petricevic, who was a regular on the Remuera golf course, will be able to indulge in any leisure activities other than those prescribed by the prison.

- NZ Herald

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