‘I had to do it’: Threats trigger jail bashing

Richard John Todd was billed with aggravated deliberately resulting in significant harm over the bashing in a Yatala Labor Jail cell in April 2018.

Todd, 38, had been alone in his cell in B-block on the evening of April 12 when guards brought in a prisoner from a nearby wing.

The gentleman, aged in his late 50s, had asked to be moved from his cell next threats from other prisoners.

Once in the cell, prisoners in the surrounding cells started taunting Todd, telling him to assault his new cell mate.

Prisoners housed in above flooring cells shouted by means of the down pipes that Todd must attack the gentleman.

Officer in cost of Yatala Labor Jail Darren Hills defined to the courtroom how the unorthodox conversation system worked.

“As amusing as it sounds, the prisoners can chat to each individual other by means of the toilet system by emptying them out,” he said.

“There is a way they do it and talk straight by means of the pipes to the cells down below.”

The vocal requests shortly turned to threats as the surroundings prisoners threatened to assault and “hot drinking water” Todd the up coming working day if he didn’t do what they said.

Mr Hills defined that “hot watering” was when prisoners threw cups of boiling drinking water into the faces of other inmates, trying to find to bring about “maximum injury”.

Todd caved into the threats, hanging his cell mate to the facet of the encounter, breaking quite a few of his teeth and knocking fillings from his teeth.

When corrections officers arrived at the cell the gentleman said “boss, I want to get the hell out of this cell” right before slipping into unconsciousness.

As the gentleman was getting addressed in the cell, jail officers interviewed Todd who admitted the assault but said “I had no alternative, I had to do it”.

When asked who had specially advised him to assault his cell mate, Todd refused to response. Todd was sentenced to 3 years in jail for a collection of offences like a sluggish-pace police pursuit by means of the Barossa in a entrance close loader.

His sentence is due to expire in November this 12 months.

Choose Beazley listened to that Todd had been in a “stressful situation” and underneath duress when he attacked his cell mate.

Todd will be sentenced in March.

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