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Two-time killer Vester Fernando jailed for 17 years over prison stabbing

A two-time killer already serving life without the possibility of parole has been jailed for a further 17 years after stabbing another prisoner in a vicious attack caught on film. 

Footage shows Vester Allan Fernando stabbing the young inmate before calmly dropping his weapon and surrendering to prison officers as the victim writhes in a pool of blood.

Fernando is one of Australia’s most violent prisoners and this latest attack has likely ensured he will spend the rest of his life in Goulburn’s Supermax, the country’s most secure jail.

In 1994 he and cousin Brendan Fernando kidnapped, raped and murdered 21-year-old nurse Sandra Hoare at Walgett in north-west New South Wales.

Vester Fernando (pictured) kidnapped, raped and murdered nurse Sandra Hoare at Walgett in NSW’s north west with his cousin Brendan Fernando in 1994. Five years later Vester stabbed Brendan to death in jail. He has now pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of another inmate

CCTV footage shows double killer Vester Allan Fernando stabbing another inmate at the Mid North Coast Correctional Centre near Kempsey in New South Wales in April last year 

Five years later Fernando stabbed Brendan to death while they were serving life sentences at Lithgow Correctional Centre, west of the Blue Mountains.

Fernando was transferred to Supermax after that murder but was later moved to the North Coast Correctional Centre near Kempsey. 

It was there he stabbed a 26-year-old inmate in the neck, chest and back on the afternoon of April 8 last year.

Fernando was set to set stand trial in the NSW District Court at Port Macquarie but pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent to murder. 

Footage of the attack obtained by Daily Mail Australia captures Fernando stabbing the inmate in a frenzied attack under a common area stairway.

As Fernando repeatedly plunges a weapon into the man’s body other inmates do nothing to interfere and the wounded prisoner bleeds out on the floor.

The vision shows Fernando walking away from the stabbed prisoner as he writhes on the ground. Fernando then slides a weapon across the floor towards approaching officers

Footage obtained by Daily Mail Australia shows the stabbing unfold under a stairway, as other inmates mill around and the wounded prisoner bleeds out on the floor

The vision shows Fernando slowly walk away from the victim after trying to kill him, tracking blood across the floor on his shoes.

Fernando then slides his weapon towards approaching prison officers, before he calmly raises his hands in the air and lies down in surrender. 

Vester Allan Fernando (pictured) is one of the state's most notorious and difficult inmates.

Vester Allan Fernando (pictured) is one of the state’s most notorious and difficult inmates.

More than a dozen officers swarm the common area as other inmates nonchalantly walk by the crime scene, some barely looking twice as the victim stops moving.

Most of the officers move to surround Fernando, while two go to the aid of the injured inmate with a towel. 

Emergency services were called to the prison about 3.15pm and the stabbed inmate was airlifted to John Hunter Hospital in a critical but stable condition.

Fernando pleaded guilty to the attempted murder in June and was sentenced by Judge Roy Ellis to a further 17 years and one month in jail.

Judge Ellis set a minimum term of 11 years and one month but due to his previous murder convictions Fernando will never be able to apply for parole. 

Another inmate, 28-year-old Atin Munro, was charged with aiding and abetting the attempted murder over the attack but was found not guilty. 

CCTV vision captures Fernando walk away from the victim, tracking blood across the floor

After the attack Fernando calmly raises his hands in the air before lying on the ground as prison officers approach him 

Fernando, who has bulked up considerably during his decades behind bars, was also convicted in 2005 of assaulting a prison officer. 

The Fernando cousins snatched Ms Hoare after she finished a night shift working alone in the geriatric ward of Walgett Base Hospital on December 9, 1994. 

The NSW Supreme Court heard the pair forced Ms Hoare to endure more than an hour of fear and extreme trauma. 

The Fernando cousins snatched Ms Hoare after she finished a night shift working alone in the geriatric ward of Walgett Base Hospital on December 9, 1994. The NSW Supreme Court heard the pair forced Ms Hoare to endure more than an hour of fear and extreme trauma

The Fernando cousins snatched Ms Hoare after she finished a night shift working alone in the geriatric ward of Walgett Base Hospital on December 9, 1994. The NSW Supreme Court heard the pair forced Ms Hoare to endure more than an hour of fear and extreme trauma

Sandra Hoare (above) was abducted and killed by Vester and Brendan Fernando in December 1994

Brendan Fernando (above) was killed in prison by his cousin Vester Fernando in September 1999

Sandra Hoare was abducted and killed by Vester and Brendan Fernando in December 1994. Brendan Fernando (right) was killed in prison by Vester in September 1999 

The cousins took Ms Hoare from the hospital to a nearby oval where Brendan held the nurse down while Vester raped her. 

They then forced Ms Hoare to walk 400m to a paddock where they murdered her with a machete. Ms Hoare’s body was found with her head almost severed and her underwear missing.

Vester was 27 and Brendan 26 when they were sentenced to life in prison in 1997. 

The older cousin had denied having anything to do with Ms Hoare’s murder and blamed Brendan for his conviction and life term.

The cousins were initially kept in separate prisons but later reunited. In September 1999 Fernando murdered Brendan in Lithgow.

 

He used the blade from a pair of scissors to stab Brendan in the face and chest, piercing his heart, during a music lesson in the prison’ auditorium.

In 2001 Fernando was jailed for a further 30 years over Brendan’s murder with a 22-year minimum term.

Justice Rod Howie said sentencing Fernando for the murder of Brendan was ‘academic’ considering he was never to be released for murdering Ms Hoare. 

The inmate Fernando stabbed last year had only recently come into custody and did not have a lengthy criminal history. 

The Mid North Coast Correctional Centre is a maximum, medium and minimum security centre for men and women at Aldavilla, 455km north of Sydney and 14km west of Kempsey. 

The Mid North Coast Correctional Centre (pictured) is a maximum, medium and minimum security centre for men and women at Aldavilla, 455km north of Sydney and 14km west of Kempsey

The Mid North Coast Correctional Centre (pictured) is a maximum, medium and minimum security centre for men and women at Aldavilla, 455km north of Sydney and 14km west of Kempsey

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