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article imageCriticism of chicken parmigiana angers prison cook, fight ensues

By Megan Hamilton     Jul 9, 2015 in Crime
Perth - A prison fight broke out over a chicken parmigiana recipe, leaving one inmate with two broken eye sockets and the alleged offender with extra jail time.
Matthew John Horner, 35, was staying in the prison's release unit until the fight occurred in 2011.
Horner was working as the unit cook at the Bunbury Regional Prison, near Perth, when the alleged victim, working as a cleaner, criticized the way he made the chicken parmigiana, Detective Senior Constable Gareth Reed told ABC.Net.
"He said there was too much tomato on top of the chicken parmigiana," Reed said.
It wasn't long after that when the physical altercation started, Reed said.
"They ended up back at the unit later and had a fight."
Prison guards took the victim, who allegedly sustained two broken eye sockets, to the hospital.
On Tuesday, at Bunbury Magistrates Court, Horner was sentenced to an additional seven months in prison, which is to be served concurrently with a previous sentence, reports.
There's probably few food-related arguments at many of Australia's prisons, especially the Goulburn Correctional Center in New South Wales, which houses some of the country's most dangerous criminals.
Inmates inside this prison, who have allegedly murdered more than 40 people between them, are offered supreme pizza, Streets Blue Ribbon ice cream, Tim Tams, and popcorn every week, reports.
In some prisons, inmates can order gluten-free, kosher, halal, and vegetarian foods. There's also a variety of foods available for those who are lactose-intolerant or have other special dietary requirements.
Other selections also include roast chicken, lasagna (vegetarian or beef), pies, ricotta burgers, and spinach.
So perhaps fights over food aren't too common in these prisons.
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