Thursday 19 July 2018

Teen 'carves IS slogan' into cellmate's forehead

An inmate is charged with causing grievous bodily harm and intentional choking after the alleged attack at an Australian prison.

Bourhan Hraichie
Bourhan Hraichie

An Isil-supporting teenager in prison in Australia carved a slogan on the forehead of his cellmate, writing "e4e” - a reference to the Biblical phrase "an eye for an eye".

Bourhan Hraichie, 18, reportedly engraved the letters onto his 40-year-old cellmate during the attack last week, an apparent reference to the Islamic State revenge mantra "an eye for an eye".

Hraichie is alleged to have placed a towel over the face of his victim, who was reported to be a former soldier, and poured boiling water over him. The man was taken to hospital with injuries to his head and burns to his face.

NSW Corrective Services Commissioner Peter Severin said: "(The attack) appears to have had a strong fundamentalist element to it".

"(Hraichie) clearly identified himself as a radical. I am appalled that these two inmates were placed in the same cell.

David Elliott, the corrections minister in the state of New South Wales, described the attack as “disgusting”.

"This is not the way that a civilised society treats its prisoners," he told 2GB Radio.

The prison manager has been suspended after it emerged that Hraichie was a maximum security prisoner and that his cellmate was a minimum security prisoner.

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