Life in jail is tough, as two recent court cases prove.
Two men were sentenced for two separate beatings at the Brandon Correctional Centre.
“The jail is a rough place to start with,” Crown attorney Grant Hughes said as he asked for jail sentences for the inmates who, at the time of the assaults, were being held while pending on other charges.
“Protection still needs to be afforded to the other individuals, and this type of offence certainly does need to be deterred.”
In the first case, in the afternoon on Nov. 30, Allan Gordon Cromarty got in what began as a consensual fight with another inmate.
At the same time, two other inmates squared off into a consensual fight.
One of the inmates in that second fight managed to render his opponent unconscious.
He then helped Cromarty by holding down his adversary. Cromarty punched the victim five times in the head, kicked him seven times in the head and stomped on his head twice.
The victim had blood coming from his ear and a bruise to his head.
That done, Cromarty walked over to his accomplice’s original adversary, who was now semi-conscious, and stomped on his face.
At the time, Cromarty was at the Brandon jail on remand for charges out of Thompson.
Cromarty, 24, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault for the jailhouse incident and received a total sentence of six months in jail.
The man said to be his accomplice still faces assault charges.
In a separate case, several inmates beat a fellow inmate in Unit A at the jail on Oct. 28.
The attackers kicked and punched the victim, whose injuries included a cut to his nose, bruises and swelling to his face and two chipped teeth.
No mention was made in court of the motive for the attack.
At the time, Timothy Errol McKay was being held at the jail while pending on charges.
He took part in the attack by covering a video surveillance camera while others threw the kicks and punches.
For his role, 27-year-old McKay pleaded guilty to assault and was sentenced to three months in jail.
A co-accused inmate has already received the same sentence, while three other people still face charges.