Notorious cop-stabber John Gillies has gone back to prison for a series of assaults, including one where he attacked a prison guard.
Gillies, 41, had pleaded guilty after the start of a trial in Wellington District Court last month to charges of injuring James Hamlin with intent to injure him, assaulting Tamatea Barlow and to a charge of injuring a prison guard with intent to injure in September last year while he was in prison on remand.
Gillies gained infamy in 1993 when he stabbed a Gisborne policeman Nigel Hendrikse in the neck, permanently disabling him earning himself 12 years in jail.
He also hit the headlines in 2000 as one of four inmates who were awarded $325,000 in compensation after being beaten in prison.
He went back to prison for seven years for assaulting two police officers in 2005.
He was also known for having "Mongrel Mob Forever" tattooed on his left cheek which was later removed after $4500 of taxpayer-funded laser surgery.
Wellington District Court judge Stephen Harrop jailed him for five years and three months for three assaults.
He said Gillies had gone to a Waimarama house where Hamlin and Barlow were catching up. He drank a beer then left.
He became offended at how he perceived he had been treated saying something in a text about them being too good to be offered a beer.
"You had no objection to just taking one though," the judge said.
Judge Harrop said Gillies then returned with a stick, smashed a glass table before hitting Hamlin in the head causing face and eye injuries.
He threatened Barlow who avoided being hit before tackling Gillies to the ground.
While in prison awaiting trial he got angry about not being able to have a phone call and punched a guard, knocking him unconscious.
Judge Harrop said only a few days earlier Parliament had signed into law a new section that would make assaulting a police or prison officer going about their duties an aggravating feature to a charge of assault.
He said violence was Gillies' normal response and he had been in prison for most of the last 20 years.
Gillies' lawyer Tony Snell said his client's violent offending had slowed over the last 10 years and he was remorseful and knew he had anger issues.
He had apologised to the prison guard and acknowledged his frustration had not been related to the prison guard but it had boiled over.
"He feels he has let himself down," Snell said.
Crown prosecutor Steve Manning asked the judge to increase the sentence based on Gillies' previous convictions for assaulting officers, including an assault on another prison guard in 1990.
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