A prisoner has been charged with carving an ISIS slogan into his cellmate’s head in what’s been described as a ‘horrendous’ attack.
Bourhan Hraichie, 18, has been accused of carving the Islamic State mantra ‘e4e’ meaning ‘an eye for an eye’ into his 40-year-old cellmate’s head, the Mirror reports.
The Mid North Coast Correctional Centre near Sydney, Australia has now launched an investigation into how Hraichie, a high-security prisoner, ended up sharing a cell with his minimum-security victim.
The 40-year-old was rushed to hospital in a critical condition but is now said to be stable. Police have charged Hraichie with causing grievous bodily harm with intent and intentionally choking a person.
The New South Wales Corrections Minister David Elliot said that placing the pair in the same cell was ‘a stuff-up’.
Meanwhile a Corrections Department spokesperson has explained that Hraichie had been jailed for stealing and not for terror-related offences.
A statement said:
It is important to note that the man’s background does not change the seriousness of this incident.
The prison’s general manager has been suspended while an investigation takes place.
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In a press conference the Head of the Prison Officer’s branch of the Public Services Union Steve McMahon said prison officers were ‘distressed by the alleged incident’ adding: “It’s quite a horrendous piece of work, not unlike torture.”
Hraichie will appear in court on May 23.
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