Violent offender faces psych tests

A FORMER Rockhampton prisoner, serving an indefinite jail term for stabbing a stranger with a penknife 13 times, must undergo psychiatric assessment to establish whether he remains a serious danger to the community.

Sean Stephen Hatten, 29, faced the Brisbane Supreme Court on Thursday for the first stage of a review, a periodic process for people serving indefinite jail terms, but the hearing was adjourned to a date to be fixed.

While serving his sentence at the Capricornia Correctional Centre for the Brisbane park stabbing, Hatten fashioned a knife by breaking up a disposable razor and stabbed a new prisoner.

He punched Adrian William Podesta, a Bargara man who had been at the centre for just 10 days, three times and then slit his throat, causing a 12cm cut which needed stitches.

Earlier this year Hatten was declared a serious violent offender and ordered to serve at least 80% of a 13-year jail sentence for the malicious act inside a prison.

The sentencing court heard Hatten suffered a range of psychological and psychiatric conditions and was now in maximum security at Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre.

Hatten was the youngest Queenslander to receive an indefinite sentence.

As well as the attempted murder of a 44-year-old woman, Hatten's violent criminal history includes raping a schoolgirl.

Justice John Byrne will hear the application for a review of the indefinite sentence once the psychiatric assessment is complete.

Topics:  assault court crime mental health psychiatrist stabbing violence

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