Indefinite jail sentence continues for murder attempt

A FORMER Rockhampton prisoner who was jailed indefinitely in 2008 for attempting to murder a woman by stabbing her 13 times with a pocket knife in a random attack has had the sentence continued for at least another year.

It is the third time his indefinite sentence has been reviewed and subsequently enforced.

Sean Stephen Hatten, 32, is also serving a 13-year stint behind bars on top of the indefinite sentence - for slashing the throat of fellow inmate, Bagara man Adrian William Podesta at Capricornia Correctional Centre in 2011 - because he was having a bad day.

Brisbane District Court was told during his sentencing hearing in 2012 the attack on Mr Podesta was cold, calculated and pre-meditated and which had no real motivation.

The attack was entirely unprovoked.

The court heard Hatten armed himself with a razor blade that had been modified and attacked Mr Podesta from behind while he lined up to get a morning drink.

It was the second time Hatten had faced court for violence while in custody.

Hatten is the youngest Queenslander to be handed an indefinite sentence.

Justice John Byrne, when handing down the indefinite sentence in 2008 for the attack on the woman, said psychiatrists had presented a picture of a man at great risk of killing or causing serious harm were an indefinite sentence not imposed.

He said supervision under parole had no realistic prospect of reducing the grave danger that Hatten would kill somebody.


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