Prisoner faces judge, again

A ROCKHAMPTON prisoner accused of bashing and strangling a fellow inmate before hanging the body from a shower cubicle has appeared in the Maryborough Magistrates Court.

Mark Dempsey Knight was one of three prisoners who allegedly murdered 23-year-old Robert James Buckley in the Rockhampton Correctional Centre in 1999.

The three men allegedly bashed and strangled the prisoner with a television cord before hanging him from a shower cubicle to give the appearance he took his own life.

Knight, already serving a life sentence, appeared in the Maryborough Magistrates Court last week on one unrelated charge of failing to take reasonable care of a syringe.

The court heard on November 22 last year the “high-profile” prisoner had to be taken from his cell to attend court.

While he was gone, correctional centre officers searched his cell.

An empty, modified syringe held together with sticky tape was found wrapped in toilet paper in his room. Police prosecutor Michael Quirk told the court Knight had substantial history.

In 2002 he was sentenced to 24 years imprisonment. In 2007 he was sentenced to life behind bars and he was now in the process of committal proceedings of the murder charge.

The court heard Knight was a heroin addict of “many, many years”.

Magistrate John Smith sentenced him to two months concurrent imprisonment.



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