Ri­ot­ers in­jure guards and dam­age prop­erty

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

A GROUP of in­mates sparked a de­struc­tive and dan­ger­ous prison riot af­ter ob­ject­ing to one of their cell­mates be­ing re­lo­cated to an­other fa­cil­ity.

Ip­swich Dis­trict Court was told two guards were in­jured in the furore at Gat­ton’s South­ern Queens­land Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre, which caused thou­sands of dol­lars of prop­erty dam­age.

The court was told it took eight hours for of­fi­cers to re­store or­der af­ter the ri­ot­ers bar­ri­caded them­selves in the ex­er­cise yard.

Jett Lion Dieudonne, 22, Mace Glenn Ja­cobs, 31, and Ray­mond David Roberts, 30, all pleaded guilty to caus­ing a riot at the SQCC in the Lock­yer Val­ley on July 4 last year.

Ja­cobs told the sen­tenc­ing judge: “I’d just like to apol­o­gise for my be­hav­iour. Sil­li­est thing I’ve ever done. If I had my time again I wouldn’t have done it.”

Un­der leg­is­la­tion, any penalty for a jail riot must be added to the ex­ist­ing sen­tence.

Crown prose­cu­tor Cameron Wilkins said win­dows, lights and sprin­kler sys­tems were dam­aged, with the re­pair bill to­talling $27,000.

Judge Horne­man-wren noted Roberts had been el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply for pa­role a week be­fore they stupidly en­gaged in the riot, with Ja­cobs el­i­gi­ble to be­gin the process a month later.

He said the riot be­gan just be­fore 10am and all three men were ac­tively in­volved.

“They were dis­pleased as Mr Roberts was be­ing trans­ferred to an­other fa­cil­ity,” Mr Wilkins said.

“(The three men) bar­ri­caded them­selves in the yard, made weapons, armed them­selves with broom­sticks, mop han­dles and shards of glass (af­ter smash­ing the win­dows), and wrapped shirts around their faces.”

Mr Wilkins said Roberts threw a mop han­dle at a jail of­fi­cer and all three smashed win­dows

Roberts was serv­ing jail time un­til Fe­bru­ary 2021 and will serve an­other nine months for the riot.

Ja­cobs was sen­tenced to 12 months’ jail for the riot and given im­me­di­ate pa­role re­lease. Dieudonne re­ceived 12 months’ jail for the riot of­fence but had to be dealt with for a raft of se­ri­ous charges. —Ross Irby

PHOTO: FILE

OUT OF CON­TROL: It took eight hours to re­store or­der af­ter the ri­ot­ers bar­ri­caded them­selves in the ex­er­cise yard.

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