Pay­day for ISIS slash­ing

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - BRENDEN HILLS

A FOR­MER Army Re­servist who was al­legedly tor­tured and had an Is­lamic State slo­gan carved into his fore­head by a rad­i­cal Mus­lim cell­mate has been awarded hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars.

Michael Sean O’Keefe sued the state af­ter he was left fight­ing for life when he was put into a cell with would-be ji­hadist Bourhan Hraichie in Kempsey Prison in April 2016.

Mr O’Keefe had the ex­trem­ist slo­gan E4E, which stands for “an eye for an eye”, carved into his head with a ra­zor blade and has been forced to wear a beanie ever since to cover up the scars.

He suf­fered a bro­ken ster­num and was put in an in­duced coma af­ter the in­ci­dent. He needed spe­cial­ist on­go­ing med­i­cal at­ten­tion, in­clud­ing phys­io­ther­apy, to re­cover.

It saw Cor­rec­tive Ser­vices NSW com­mis­sioner Peter Sev­erin sus­pend the jail’s gov­er­nor and forced the depart­ment to change its pol­icy on in­mates who have pre­vi­ously served in our forces, to re­duce the chances of them be­ing at­tacked.

The mat­ter didn’t make it to court, with Cor­rec­tive Ser­vices of­fer­ing Mr O’Keefe a size­able out-of-court set­tle­ment at a me­di­a­tion con­fer­ence to avoid a dam­ag­ing civil trial.

When con­tacted, Mr O’Keefe’s lawyers Todd Scott and Dean Wood­bury de­clined to com­ment and said his client had signed a nondis­clo­sure agree­ment.

Crim­i­nal lawyer Leo Pre­mu­tico said Mr O’Keefe would likely have re­ceived in the vicin­ity of $400,000 to $500,000. Mr O’Keefe de­clined to com­ment.

Michael O'Keefe’s in­juries.

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