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Man climbs onto prison roof and demands ciggies

A MAN who climbed on top of a jailhouse roof and demanded cigarettes has been sentenced to six months in prison in Maryborough Magistrates Court.

The court heard Roy Edward Snyder, 24, was one of three prisoners who climbed up a wall onto the roof of a building at the Lotus Glen Correctional Centre near Cairns.

The incident happened on November 23.

Snyder pleaded guilty to one charge of assaulting or obstructing a staff member at the facility and another charge of unregulated high risk activities.

The court heard a prison officer approached the three prisoners and asked them to get down from the roof.

But the three men failed to comply with the direction, instead demanding cigarettes.

Smoking was banned in Queensland prisons in May 2014.

About 1.25am the three men decided to come down from the roof.

Defence lawyer Michael Riedel described his client's behaviour as "nuisance type of offending".

"It was a silly thing he did," Mr Riedel said.

"It was a spur of the moment decision.

"He does regret his actions."

The court heard Snyder had been eligible for parole late last year, but climbing onto the roof meant he had not been released.

He was also confined to his cell for 23 hours a day as a result of his actions and he was transferred to Maryborough Correctional Centre, away from his family.

Magistrate John Smith sentenced Snyder to six months in prison for his offences and set a parole eligibility date of April 2.

Topics:  fraser coast, guilty plea, maryborough magistrates court, prison




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