Sanchey Grant, pictured, was convicted in December of the attempted murder of Shaki Minors and Rene Kuchler. *File photo
Sanchey Grant, pictured, was convicted in December of the attempted murder of Shaki Minors and Rene Kuchler. *File photo

THURSDAY, AUGUST 23: A prisoner currently serving a 30-year sentence for double attempted murder has admitted head butting a corrections officer.

Sanchey Grant, 21, pleaded guilty today to unlawfully assaulting Corrections Officer Codrington.

Grant was convicted in December, alongside Jahmel Blakeney, of the attempted murder of Shaki Minors and Rene Kuchler. The pair was gunned down as they sat in their car in the parking lot of Southside Cinema in November 2009.

Today, the court heard Officer Codrington was a part of a team of officers sent to conduct a strip search of Grant on March 23.

Grant was confronted in his cell in maximum-security housing at Westgate. He refused to comply with the search.

Crown counsel Carrington Mahoney told the court the officers informed Grant he would be handcuffed and searched. Grant then head butted the complainant in his face.

On June 29, Grant was informed of the complaint and arrested.

Today he told the court: “I have nothing to say.”

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner said: “This is a criminal charge and I must deal with it but moreover, it’s a charge of common assault that carries a maximum penalty of 12 months imprisonment.

“This is a serious offence in terms of it being committed on a corrections officer while he’s incarcerated.

“But it embarrasses the court.”

He continued: “How is the court going to deal with it?

“There must be a better mechanism.

“I don’t even think in terms of the sentencing principle I could impose a sentence on top of a 30-year term.

“It causes more confusion than benefit.”

Mr Warner sentenced Grant to six months in prison to be served concurrent to his 30-year prison term.