Payday for ISIS slashing
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.