How Violent Inmate Offered To Pay $140 For A Knife Behind Bars Before Stabbing A Guardian?
- Victorian prisoner served four years in prison for assaulting man
- Tim Stewart took a moral stance on what he believed man was imprisoned for
- A month before the attack, Stewart offered $140 to anyone who could arrange a knife
- His victim had turned around when he was stabbed in the kitchen by Stewart
A Victorian inmate advertised a knife among fellow inmates before stabbing a fellow inmate.
Tim Stewart was already serving a four-year sentence when he assaulted a man and took a moral stance on what he believed the man was imprisoned for.
A month before the November 2019 attack at the Ravenhall Correctional Center, Stewart asked other inmates if they could get a knife.
He offered $140 to anyone who could help and even arranged with his mother and partner to have the money available.
Victorian inmate Tim Stewart was already serving a four-year sentence when he assaulted a man at Ravenhall Correctional Center (pictured), taking a moral stance on what he thought the man was incarcerated for
Somehow Stewart got his hands on a butter knife and with prison workshop sandpaper he sharpened the point and tested the point on a bible in his cell.
His victim, who had to remain anonymous according to a judge, had his back to him when Stewart attacked him in a kitchen.
CCTV footage played in the courtroom shows Stewart stabbing the victim repeatedly in the back and side, puncturing the victim’s lung.
“I’m going to fucking kill you now, you kiddie f***er,” Stewart was heard to say.
The force of the stabbing caused the knife to snap in half, District Attorney Grant Hayward told a pre-conviction hearing Monday in County Court.
Stewart pleaded guilty to intentionally causing serious injury.
The victim, in his 70s, said it was only because he was physically fit for his age that his injuries were not more serious.
Stewart told prison officers that he stabbed the victim because he thought he was a sex offender.
“Don’t worry, he won’t get up,” he said.
“I didn’t do my job well enough. I’ll get that bastard next time I see him.”
In a statement, the victim said Stewart needed help to understand what is right and wrong, and not to judge others.
Stewart’s attorney Nadia Kaddeche said he was classified as a vulnerable person because of his mental health and she believed the crime took place in the context of a deterioration in his mental health.
She said he had not been diagnosed with schizophrenia but had a history of psychiatric problems, including delusions.
Ms Kaddeche said the fact that Stewart had pleaded guilty shows some remorse and acceptance of responsibility.
But Judge Gregory Lyon urged her not to confuse responsibility with regret.
He said remorse usually involves some empathy for the victim’s situation, which there wasn’t.
Stewart will be sentenced next week.