Prisoner assaults officer

A PRISONER who attacked a corrective services officer after a fight with a fellow inmate at Maryborough Correctional Centre will now serve an extra six months.

Jason Robert Saebar, 37, pleaded guilty in Maryborough Magistrates Court yesterday to serious assault on August 7.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Nicole Kunkel said at about 11.55am, a corrective services officer saw Saebar and another prisoner fighting and arguing.

She said the officer then attempted to handcuff Saebar after he ignored a direction to stop arguing.

Snr Const Kunkel told the court Saebar had been able to break free and began to kick and punch the officer.

She called for a cumulative sentence for Saebar due to his lengthy criminal history.

Magistrate John Smith said the crime was regarded by the court and the community as deplorable.

He sentenced Saebar to six months in prison after he served his current term, and required him to pay $500 compensation.

Defence lawyer Tammy Kerle said the assault was out of character and Saebar had made sincere apologies to the officer.

"My client is deeply remorseful," she said.

Ms Kerle said Saebar had thought the officer was another prisoner.

She said Saebar had been heavily reprimanded within the prison and spent 22 hours a day alone in his cell for the past four weeks.

He was expected to be under those conditions for another two weeks, which included no smoking, a ban on visiting the prison library and removal from the prison woodshop.



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