Tue. Dec 7th, 2021

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A prisoner who was once stabbed behind bars, “panicked” and participated in the bashing of a prisoner after being told he would be attacked if he refused, a court has heard. Dylan Anthony Rannard, 26, appeared in ACT Magistrates Court via audiovisual link from Canberra Prison, Alexander Maconochie Center, Tuesday morning. He had previously pleaded guilty to an assault charge that actually caused bodily harm, and admitted that he and Bradley Matthew Biddle, 25, attacked fellow prisoner Warwick Payne last November. Payne, who has since been convicted, was at the time in custody over an incident in which he threw knives at a terrified woman he had detained in his Hawker home for hours. Legal documents show that the 53-year-old was sitting alone in his cell at the Alexander Maconochie Center that day when Rannard and Biddle came in and began, as Payne put it, “knocking on me”. “[They] slapped him while lying on the bed, where he briefly blacked out, “says a police statement.” When he also came [sic] again they still struck him in the face and sides. “When Rannard and Biddle finally ran away, Payne used the intercom in his cell to call for help from prison guards. Payne had to be taken to Canberra Hospital for treatment as he had suffered a number of injuries in the assault. These included bleeding in his right eye and closing. all the way up due to bruising and swelling that was also present on his right ear.Almost a month later, Payne told police he was still taking medication to relieve pain he felt on the right side of his body.When Rannard met in court on Tuesday, his lawyer, Priyanka Koci, said the man had been stabbed while imprisoned in Goulburn in 2016. She said his injuries from that episode were so serious he had been transported to Canberra Hospital for treatment MORE JUSTICE AND CRIME NEWS: Ms. Koci said it was Rannard’s head when he was given an ultimatum last year, saying she had been told to help attack Payne or be subject to ted to vol. d himself, so the 26-year-old “panicked and attended”. She told the court he now realized it was “an incredibly bad decision”. “He knows from personal experience that it would have been intimidating [Payne]”Koci said.” He was stressed and scared and felt compelled to participate. Koci admitted that an additional prison sentence was justified, but she asked the court to consider suspending it. She added that her client’s remorse and relative youth meant rehabilitation was “not out of the question” for him But a prosecutor indicated that Rannard had a violence, and Judge Robert Cook said it could be inferred that “there has been minimal rehabilitation on his trip.” Cook decided to adjourn the case until Dec. 14, when he said he would sentence the 26-year-old to a sentence. He listed the case of Biddle, who has also pleaded guilty, for the same day after legal aid lawyer Tanja Cobden told the court she needed time to get instructions from him.The court heard that both Rannard and Biddle were still remanded in custody and serving other sentences.Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community.How to continue accessing our trusted content:



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