Child sex offenders targeted by Capricornia prisoner

A PRISONER code of conduct apparently applies at the Capricornia Correctional Centre when child sex offenders roam the grounds.

Just ask Gladstone man Anthony Lee Smits.

Smits, 27, yesterday pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton District Court to assault causing grievous bodily harm and three serious assault charges.

Defence barrister Jordan Ahlstrand said Smits told him it was "part of prison culture" to set upon inmates who had child-sex and exploitation offences to their name.
 


On May 1 of this year, Smits found out a fellow inmate had received a letter about child exploitation material.

The court heard the inmate (victim) was dragged into the correctional centre's exercise yard, where Smits and two other men beat him.

The blows knocked a tooth out of the victim and left him with a fractured nose.

Smits also bit a Gladstone police officer's arm, when he was arrested earlier this year.

In relation to the serious assault charges, the court heard on March 3 Smits was on the roof of his step-sister's Gladstone home causing a disturbance.

Police officers were called to the house.

When they arrived at the property they had trouble coaxing Smits down.

Judge Paul Smith, in his summary, said Smits was heavily under the influence of crystal methamphetamine at the time.

Eventually he climbed off the roof.

When officers placed Smits on to the ground he started kicking and thrashing out.

The court heard the defendant grabbed a male officer's arm, pulled it towards him and bit down hard.

The officer's arm started to bleed.

As a result of the bite, the officer was immediately taken to Gladstone Hospital for treatment.

The court heard the officer underwent about six months of testing for hepatitis C.

He was eventually cleared of having any infectious diseases in his system.

Smits was subsequently remanded in custody on March 4.

Mr Ahlstrand told the court his client had a good upbringing in Mt Isa but was introduced to alcohol and cannabis when he was about 13 years old.

Things went up another notch when he started taking speed at the age of 16.

Judge Smith sentenced Smits to three years jail.

He will be released on parole on March 4 next year because he had already spent nine months and seven days in custody.


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