Assault adds three months to jail term

Hori Gemmell
Hori Gemmell
The man who stole a police car and guns in Gore last year will spend more time in prison after assaulting a fellow prisoner.

Hori Irimana Gemmell was sentenced in the Invercargill District Court yesterday, where he faced a charge of common assault.

Judge Bernadette Farnan added three months to his jail term because of the new offending.

In March, Gemmell was sentenced to three years and one month in prison after he stole a patrol car and two police Glock pistols and then rammed another police car in Gore last year.

Judge Farnan said the sentencing for the assault would be cumulative to the previous one.

The police summary of facts said the incident occurred on January 17, when Gemmell was remanded at Invercargill Men’s Prison.

At the time of the incident, Gemmell and the victim were at North Yard Three of the prison, watching other inmates play touch rugby.

"In an unprovoked attack, the defendant kicked the victim in the head using his right foot."

Gemmell threw several punches and kicks and stopped only when he noticed Corrections officers through the glass visor of the entry door.

The victim received a couple of cuts in his mouth.

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