More jail time for vicious attack

A VIOLENT criminal who bashed a prison officer so severely his eardrum ruptured has earnt himself another six months behind bars.

Allan William O’Neill appeared in Maryborough District Court charged with assaulting three corrective services officers at the Maryborough Correctional Centre.

On October 14, 2008, O’Neill spat on one officer as the man entered the dayroom of a cell block.

In March this year the 38-year-old assaulted two more prison officers in a laundry.

One of the officers was holding open the door of a ration cupboard when O’Neill exploded in a fit of anger and lashed out.

He punched the man several times around the head and ears before a second prison officer intervened.

The second victim was bashed around the head for his efforts.

Crown prosecutor Brendan Manttan said the first victim suffered a perforated right eardrum, cuts to his chin and ear and a damaged denture plate.

The second victim had a cut under his eye, blurred vision and pain behind his eye.

Both have taken leave because of their injuries and the stress caused by the attack.

The court heard O’Neill had an extensive history of violent crimes and had previously assaulted other inmates and prison officers while in jail.

Defence barrister Jim Fairlie said O’Neill was now paying a high price for “bucking the system” and had learnt his violent behaviour had to stop.

Judge Julie Ryrie sentenced O’Neill to six months jail and set a parole eligibility date of June 11, 2010.

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