Nightmare made prisoner smash jail cell glass panel
PRISONER Logan James Vickers claimed he smashed a watch house cell glass panel after waking from a bad dream.
A Toowoomba magistrate turned that into a nightmare when he added extra time to the 27-year-old's jail sentence.
Vickers had been in the watch house after being sentenced on Monday to two months jail for a drug offence and failing to show up at court when required, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard yesterday.
Watch house staff had noticed the glass panel in a door in C Block shattered when doing inspections about 3pm Wednesday, police prosecutor Senior Constable Alistair Windsor told the court yesterday.
Vickers told police he had risen from his bed after a bad dream and kicked the glass panel.
He said he thought the glass was bullet proof and was surprised when it shattered, Snr Const. Windsor said.
Though he had no quotes, watch house staff said the damage cost $2000 to fix, he said.
Magistrate Damian Carroll noted Vickers had been due for release on parole as of October 25.
However, taking into account his extensive seven page criminal history and that the wilful damage occurred while he was serving a term of imprisonment, Mr Carroll sentenced Vickers to a further four months in jail but ordered he be eligible to apply for release on parole as of December 1.