The mother of NRL superstar Payne Haas has undergone an extraordinary transformation while remanded in a detention unit cell, according to prison officers.
Uiatu ‘Joan’ Taufua remains in custody facing multiple charges over a fatal car crash that killed three people at Bonogin on the Gold Coast last December.
Prison officers have revealed Taufua has settled into a routine since being relocated where she exercises ‘relentlessly’ and lost weight, the Courier Mail reported.
Uiatu ‘Joan’ Taufua (pictured) has undergone are drmatic transformation since being relocated to a detention unit cell
Uiatu ‘Joan’ Taufua remains in custody over this fiery crash with claimed the lives of three people
Prisoners detained in special detention can’t freely communicate with other inmates like in standard units. Some cells are also non-powered with no television or radio.
Inmates are placed in special detention cells to to bad behaviour ‘breaches’ or other disciplinary matters.
It’s unknow how long Taufua will remain in a detention unit cell.
‘It’s usually reviewed monthly but can be earlier,’ an officer told the publication.
‘She may even prefer it. She’s in a routine and does lots of exercise and lost weight.’
Taufua faces three counts of manslaughter after her black Mercedes wagon smashed head-on into a silver Mercedes and a power pole in Bonogin on the Gold Coast hinterland on December 30.
Prison officers say Uiatu ‘Joan’ Taufua looks much different now to when she was transported to the watchhouse from the Gold Coast University Hospital in January, several days after the crash
The three people in the silver Mercedes – Chris Fawcett, 79, his partner Susan Zimmer, 70, and her 35-year-old daughter Stephanie – died in the crash.
Police allege Taufua was seen ‘driving erratically’ shortly before the crash and sped off after a patrol car activated lights and sirens in an attempt to pull her over.
A minute after driving off police allege Taufua veered onto the wrong side of the Bonogin Road at around 5pm where she hit the Mercedes.
She has also been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, evading police, unlicensed driving and mid-range drink driving.
At Taufua’s last court appearance, her lawyers raised concerns for her health and had engaged an expert for a medical report to be completed.
Her case has been adjourned until December 21.
Susan Zimmer, 70, (right) and daughter Stephanie, 35, (left) died in the horror crash
Her son, Brisbane Boncos star Payne Haas has previously revealed he had struggled to come to terms with his mum being behind bars.
‘I won’t lie and say it’s been easy. It’s been really tough,’ he told Nine Newspapers .
I’m lucky I’ve got a good support network around me, I’ve got my partner [Leilani] and daughter [Lalita].
‘I’m [also] close with mum – I’m a mummy’s boy.’
Uiatu ‘Joan’ Taufua is the mother of Brisbone Broncos NRL star Payne Haas (pictured playing for Australia last month)
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