Rockingham: no further punishment for man serving life sentence who threw brown liquid over guard

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A MAN who threw brown liquid at a prison guard was not able to receive further punishment as he is already serving a life sentence, it was heard in Rockingham Magistrates Court today.

Leroy Joseph pleaded guilty to assaulting a public officer via video-link from Casuarina Prison.

The police prosecutor told court Joseph was in the special handling unit when he asked the guard for a panadol.

When the guard opened the hatch to hand over the medicine, Joseph threw a brownish fluid through.

Some of the fluid went into the man’s mouth and wet his shirt.

The victim is currently undergoing blood tests and has not been given a clean bill of health yet.

“The victim was traumatised, he believes the fluid contained faecal matter and urine,” the prosecutor said.

Joseph was sentenced to life for wilful murder in 2004 with a non-parole period of eight years.

“At the time I felt provoked,” he said.

Magistrate Leanne Atkins said it was the third time in since July 2016 Joseph had been convicted of assaulting a public officer.

“You asked for panadol, this officer brought you panadol and you threw liquid through a hatch at him,” Magistrate Atkins said.

“You’re not doing yourself or the officers any favours; it was the wrong thing to do.”

The prosecutor asked Magistrate Atkins to add time to Joseph’s sentence, however, as he is a prisoner serving a life sentence, Magistrate Atkins was not able to.

“I’m not happy about that,” Magistrate Atkins said.

“(Joseph) intended to insult him, intended to humiliate him.

“I hate to think what the poor officer is going through.”

She sentenced Joseph to a year in prison, which does not add to his life sentence.

However, Magistrate Atkins ordered that Joseph should not be eligible for parole during the sentence.

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