A prisoner at Canberra’s jail who “jugged” three other inmates, pouring boiling water mixed with sugar and jam on them, will spend nearly two more years in jail after he was sentenced in the ACT Supreme Court.
- Cedric Roberts has made several attempts to escape custody — one time successfully
- Roberts is already in jail for previous aggravated robbery and speeding offences
- He will serve an extra year and nine months in jail for the “jugging” and stabbing attacks
Cedric Roberts, 22, was also sentenced for stabbing a fourth man who tried to intervene with a shiv.
Roberts was already in jail for a series of spectacular escapes, including one where he scaled two fences in handcuffs as he was pursued by police, who were returning him to jail from a visit to the Canberra Hospital.
On another occasion when he was remanded in custody by a Magistrate, he jumped out of his chair, ran down a police officer and attempted to flee the court before his escape was thwarted and he was restrained in the court air lock.
But he did manage to abscond a day or so later during another visit to the Canberra Hospital after he had been uncuffed for treatment.
While free he robbed a service station, threatening the manager with a knife and yelling: “Give me the f***ing money, you bastard.”
After that incident he led a police chase, at speeds of up to 122 kilometres per hour in a 50kph zone, before being followed to a house.
Roberts fled the home on foot but was later captured.
While on remand in Canberra’s jail Roberts set fire to his cell twice.
In 2018 he pleaded guilty to a raft of offences, from escaping custody to aggravated robbery, and was sentenced to more than six years jail.
Justice John Burns said the “jugging” and stabbing had been premeditated.
One of the victims received burns to a large part of his body and the man who was stabbed required stitches.
But in sentencing Justice Burns noted that it was heartening to see Roberts had not had any disciplinary issues since May.
Roberts will serve an extra one year and nine months in jail.
His non-parole period ends in April next year.