Prisoner accused of neck slashing

A PRISONER accused of slashing another inmate’s throat with a home-made weapon has appeared via video link in the Maryborough Magistrates Court.

Stephen Jay Breen, 27, was charged with attempted murder after the alleged attack in the exercise yard of the Maryborough Correctional Centre in December.

Police allege Breen made an improvised weapon by attaching a razor blade to a plastic knife.

About 8.25am on December 18 he allegedly attacked fellow prisoner Nathan Ostrofski, causing a large cut across the 30-year-old’s neck and a slash to his chest.

The cut to the neck punctured Ostrofski’s carotid artery, causing major blood loss.

His injuries were life-threatening but he recovered after receiving treatment at Maryborough Hospital.

Breen was transferred to Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre after the alleged attack.

He formerly lived in Brisbane and has been in and out of prison since 2001.

Breen was represented in court by solicitor Jim Fairlie, acting as town agent for Legal Aid Bundaberg.

A plea was not entered to the charge.

Magistrate John Smith adjourned the case for committal mention in the court on March 29.



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