A female prisoner who assaulted a correctional officer during a strip search has been jailed for at least five months.
Jordan Towney, 20, faced Penrith Local Court via video link from Amber Laurel Correctional Facility and was sentenced for ‘assault law officer inflict actual bodily harm’.
The court heard it took several staff to subdue Towney, who swung at the victim multiple times and kicked her to her face during the January 14 incident.
Her lawyer submitted “emotional disturbance” played a role in Towney’s offending, citing her “tragic background of disadvantage” and abuse.
She noted Towney, who is serving time on an unrelated matter, had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and was remorseful for her actions.
Magistrate Geoff Hiatt sentenced her to five months with a balance of four months on parole.
She is eligible for release on June 13.
Alena Higgins is the Weekender’s Senior News Reporter, primarily covering courts and Council issues.