Chris Ison

Sharpened plastic knife is for safety, claims prisoner

A PRISONER sharpened a plastic knife to a point and kept it in his cell for protection, a court heard this week.

On Monday, 20-year-old Travis Roy Anderson pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Magistrates' Court to possessing a prohibited item.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Joe Aboud said on November 24 at 2.55pm officers conducted cell searches at the Capricornia Correctional Centre at Etna Creek.

Sgt Aboud said they found the shiv hidden in Anderson's room. Anderson admitted to making the shiv.

He told the officers he was concerned for his safety because of another inmate.

Sgt Aboud said that prisoner had since left the facility, but Anderson said he had forgotten to dispose of the weapon.

Magistrate Barry Cosgrove ordered the forfeiture of the knife and sentenced Anderson to one month prison.



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