Inmate assaults convicted murderer

A convicted axe-murderer was taken to hospital after being assaulted by another prisoner at Invercargill Prison.

The Southland Times understands Stephen James King, 56, was the prisoner taken to Southland Hospital following the assault yesterday morning.

King was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2005 for bludgeoning Ordette Lloyd-Rangiuia, 45, to death with an axe in her Spreydon home in January 2004.

King was sentenced to a minimum of 16 years in prison before being eligible for parole. His parole eligibility date is December 22, 2020.

Hospital staff confirmed King had been brought in with injuries but was in a stable condition.

He was assessed and observed, the staff member said.

Detective Sergeant Grant Johnstone, of Invercargill CIB, said police had charged a 25-year-old prisoner with assault on another inmate. He will appear in the Invercargill District Court tomorrow.

The injured prisoner was expected to be discharged last night and taken back to Invercargill Prison.

Acting Invercargill Prison manager Glenda Mitchell confirmed an incident took place between two prisoners in Invercargill Prison.

Corrections officers responded and immediately contained the incident, she said.

Medical staff were called and one prisoner was taken to hospital to receive further treatment.

No staff were injured, she said. 

The Southland Times