An infamous criminal who got caught in a brawl in a prison allegedly beat a fellow prisoner with a shiv for mistakenly believing he was a rollover witness.
Farhad Qaumi, the former boss of the crime gang Brothers 4 Life, is said to have repeatedly stabbed the 31-year-old prisoner, not to mention, in the neck and face of a TV and utility room in Goulburn Supermax, New South Wales, on May 20.
The Daily telegram Quami reported that the prisoner had become a rollover witness, although both men remain silent about the motivation behind the alleged stabbing.
The authorities had kept the couple in the solitary cells of the High Risk Management Unit, but had given their permission to meet as they were considered acquaintances.
Less than a month earlier, Quami and the prisoner met without incident.
37-year-old Farhad Qaumi reportedly stabbed the 31-year-old inmate, repeatedly, in the neck and face of a TV and utility room in Goulburn Supermax on May 20
The Daily Telegraph reported that Quami believed the prisoner had become a rollover witness, although both men remain silent about the motivation behind the alleged stabbing
Quami – who is currently serving a 60-year sentence for a series of violent crimes, including the murder of Sydney’s father, Joe Antoun in 2013 – and the prisoner were handcuffed to the room at 9am.
Police claim that prison staff removed Quami’s handcuffs through a hole in the room door before the prisoner pulled out of his pocket.
The fellow prisoner is said to have raised his arms to protect himself during the alleged stabbing.
Quami then put the weapon on the table, knelt on his knees and put his hands in the air as the officers stormed the cell.
The detainee refused everything but the basic care of medical staff and remained silent about this.
Qaumi has been charged with injury with the intent of causing serious bodily harm, reckless serious bodily harm, assault that actually causes bodily harm and armed with intent to commit a crime.
“The younger man sustained cuts to his face and neck, while the older man was not injured,” said an NSW police spokeswoman around the time of the incident.
“Both were treated by on-site medical personnel.”
Quami’s attorney Simon Joyner said he would wait for CCTV from the day before deciding how to proceed with the case.
“I am waiting to be served with police surveillance equipment and speak to Mr Qaumi about how we will handle the case.”
Qaumi was jailed for at least 43 years in 2013 for a “ violent underworld disaster ” in western Sydney involving his two brothers and gang members from Brothers 4 Life.
Those crimes included the murder of Antoun – who was shot five times after opening the front door of his house, with his daughters just inside – and the manslaughter of Mumtaz Qaumi, 32.
There have been no escapes from Supermax since it opened in September 2001
The Correctional Center High Risk Management is located in the prison complex of Goulburn. It may be the safest prison in the country, but it’s on the doorstep of houses and farmland
Justice Peter Hamill described the violence as “bizarre and lawless” and also imprisoned his brothers Mumtaz, 32, at least 36, and Jamil, 25, at least 21, for their role in some of the crimes.
Corrective Services NSW said that at the time, Qaumi and the other prisoner were the only two prisoners in the multipurpose room, as was the procedure.
Qaumi will face Goulburn Local Court on Wednesday, August 12.
The violent fight comes less than two years after a similar feud between Brothers 4 Life founder Bassam Hamzy and convicted terrorist Talal Alameddine on a high-security wing training ground.
The Grade II listed main entrance to the Goulburn Correctional Center, formerly known as Goulburn Gaol, Goulburn Reformatory and Goulburn Training Center. It opened in 1884