Man gets 12 years for jail bashing

A FORMER Grafton Jail inmate who bashed a fellow prisoner on the head with a guillotine blade will be in jail until at least December 2021.

On Friday in the Downing Centre, Judge Mark Marien sentenced Barry James Skinner, 44, to 12 years jail with a non-parole period of nine years.

Skinner had been found guilty of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, an offence with a maximum 25-year jail sentence.

In a District Court hearing on March 19 this year in Grafton the court heard Skinner bashed a 24-year-old inmate following a verbal altercation on May 18, 2012.

Skinner had been refused parole on the day of the attack and when the prisoner taunted him about this, Skinner attacked him with the guillotine blade.

The bashing required doctors to put the bashed man into an induced coma for several days after the attack.

He has since made a "good recovery".

The court was told Skinner had refused to take depression medication because it stopped him from sleeping.

The judge was concerned Skinner had been in jail since 1999 with untreated depression and had then attacked a prisoner.

Justice Health compiled a report on this matter which the judge used when handing down the sentence.



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