Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Court Told of Past Attack on Kill Victim; Animal Calls Stirred Guards

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Court Told of Past Attack on Kill Victim; Animal Calls Stirred Guards

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Byline: Melinda Siegmeier melinda.siegmeier@capnews.com.au

IN an attempt to annoy prison guards, inmates at the old Etna Creek Prison used to make sounds of chickens, cows and gorillas, a court was told yesterday.

A former prisoner yesterday gave a rare insight into life in prison during the murder trial of Robert Buckley in Rockhampton Supreme Court.

He said that when he was jailed for unlawful wounding, he and inmates of cell block 8 would make the animal noises during lock down to "stir the screws up".

"I used to always make gorilla sounds. There were also cows and chooks - anything we could think of, really," he said.

The prisoner, 44, who now lives in Cairns, had served some of an 18-month prison sentence at the Rockhampton prison, which has since been demolished.

He said for some months he was housed in the same cell block as Buckley, who was allegedly murdered on June 16, 1999, by three other prisoners.

The prisoner yesterday said it was the instigating of the animal noises that led to Buckley, 23, being transferred to the detention unit and later Block 10, where he was killed. …

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