Violent prisoner guilty of assault

A VIOLENT offender who smashed a wooden board game over the head of another inmate at Maryborough Correctional Centre was sentenced in Brisbane District Court yesterday.

Gerhadt Matthew Rade was at the Maryborough jail in 2007 when he attacked his victim.

At the time of the assault, Rade was serving a 10-year sentence for attempted murder.

The 38-year-old was meant to appear in Maryborough District Court but the case was transferred at the request of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Prosecutor Amelia Loode raised the issue of security during Rade’s previous court appearance. She said the design of Maryborough’s upstairs courtroom, and in particular the open dock, was not secure enough for someone with Rade’s history of violence.

Rade had previously lashed out and struggled with police and corrective services officers while being taken to and from court.

Ms Loode said he would have to be manacled at the hands and feet if he appeared in Maryborough.

Judge Walter Tutt agreed to transfer the case to Brisbane.

Rade appeared there yesterday and pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm while armed.

Judge Nicholas Samios sentenced Rade to one year in jail in addition to his current sentence and set a parole date of April 24, 2012.



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