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The prisoner is accused of hiding a razor in his FOREWORD before using it to attack a prison guard

Violent prisoner is accused of hiding a razor in his FORESKIN before using it to make a weapon and attacking a prison guard

  • Kevin Pettiford, 34, was charged with murdering a homeless man in November
  • Andrew Whyte Murray was found dead in his sleeping bag at Tweed Heads
  • Four weeks later, Pettiford attempted to kill a prisoner by slitting his throat
  • He was taken to Goulburn prison where he reportedly shot down a prison guard
  • He will go to trial in June on charges of murder and in May on charges of alleged surveillance attack

A violent prisoner has been accused of hiding a razor in his foreskin and then using it to kill a prison guard.

Kevin Pettiford, 34, was charged with murder on November 26 last year after the body of homeless Andrew Whyte Murray, 56, was found in his sleeping bag near Tweed Heads, on the north coast of NSW.

Four weeks later, Pettiford reportedly attempted to kill a prisoner Nathan Mellows in the Shortland prison near Cessnock in the Hunter Valley.

Kevin Pettiford, 34, is accused of hiding a razor in his foreskin in Goulburn prison (photo)

Kevin Pettiford, 34, is accused of hiding a razor in his foreskin in Goulburn prison (pictured) before allegedly turning it into a weapon to hack a prison guard

A few days after Christmas, Pettiford reportedly slit his throat with an improvised weapon sculpted from three razor blades and a plastic handle, the Daily telegram reports.

He reportedly said that police had been targeted by Mellows because he seemed to have few friends in or outside of prison and that he planned to carry out the attack days earlier, but was watching Star Wars and the cricket.

Mellows survived and Pettiford was charged with attempted murder and transferred to Goulburn prison.

He will appear in Tweed Heads Local Court for the June murder and attempted assassinations.

When it was initially taken to Goulbourn, it is unclear whether Pettiford was detained at the Supermax High Risk Management Center, where prisoners are monitored and incarcerated almost constantly.

A few weeks later, the police will claim that he put a razor in his penis to hide it from the authorities.

He would then have turned it into a weapon to cut the arm of a 52-year-old prison guard when the officer passed a meal through a hole in the cell’s closed door on March 9.

Pettiford was charged with a law enforcement officer who actually inflicted bodily harm a few days later.

The guard was treated for the injury, and Pettiford was transferred to Long Bay’s hospital wing, where he remains.

Pettiford appeared in Goulburn Local Court on Thursday for the alleged attack on the guard.

The case was adjourned until May 13.

Sunshine Coast detectives have an arrest warrant against Pettiford for murdering homeless David Collin (photo)

Sunshine Coast detectives have an arrest warrant against Pettiford for murdering homeless David Collin (photo)

Sunshine Coast detectives have an arrest warrant against Pettiford for murdering homeless David Collin (photo)

NSW Corrective Services would not comment on the current classification of Pettiford prisoners or the alleged attack because the incident remains in court.

At the time of his arrest in November 2019, the police described Pettiford as a ‘psychopath’.

Sunshine Coast detectives have an arrest warrant against Pettiford for the murder of homeless man David Collin, 53, whose body was found in a sleeping bag in Maroochydore on September 9, 2019.

In November, investigators said Pettiford would be extradited to Queensland to be prosecuted pending progress on NSW cases.

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