'Mob rule': Rioters cause $50k damage, hurl human waste
RIOTING prisoners made weapons from exercise gear, flung faeces at jailers and weren't subdued until "chemical agents" were unleashed after more than five hours.
Details of the mayhem at privately-run Arthur Gorrie jail were aired at Tuesday's sentencing of Toowoomba armed robber Jake Aaron Hearn.
The Wacol jail riot on April 27, 2017 caused $50,000 damage, prosecutor David Nardone said.
About nine inmates demanded cigarettes, women and opioid medication Suboxone.
Brisbane District Court heard some prisoners, but not Hearn, flung faeces at staff.
Hearn, 21, armed himself with handlebars fashioned from an exercise bike, as rioters formed barricades and threw glass at cops.
When one inmate complained of chest pain, Hearn and two others said something like "He's not coming out, f--- off, we're in a hostage situation".
Judge Richard Jones dubbed the riot "mob rule, where tensions and inflammatory behaviour can accelerate quickly".
While nine ran rampant, 14 other inmates "more sensibly" sat down, the judge said.
Although the chemical agents used weren't specified in court, tear gas has been deployed at other jails to quell riots.
Defence counsel Jens Streit said "frustration" influenced Hearn's behaviour.
Judge Jones said a "disruptive and disturbing childhood" and drug abuse preceded Hearn's troubles.
"At times, your time at home was both chaotic and violent..."
Hearn also faced charges for misbehaviour at Maryborough and Capricornia jails.
On January 15, 2016, he climbed onto a Capricornia roof, urinated into a bottle, and threw the vessel at a staffer.
"Thankfully it narrowly missed," Judge Jones said.
Hearn climbed down after six and a half hours.
At Maryborough last July 10, Hearn wrecked a TV and cell window.
Hearn was also sentenced for the August 2015 armed robbery of a Gowrie shop.
His robbery accomplices Carlos Clinton Booth and Leniece Leigh Combarngo were jailed last year.
Hearn got five years and six months jail for armed robbery, and eight months more for prison offences.
He's eligible for parole on July 9, 2019. -NewsRegional