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Inmate Accused Of Stabbing Cellmate Over Cat Scare Remanded

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Wellington, Jan 14 NZPA - A Rimutaka Prison inmate, accused of stabbing a fellow prisoner who scared a cat he had befriended, appeared in Upper Hutt District Court today charged with attempted murder.

Gary Lawrence McKinley, 47, was arrested on Friday following the incident at the prison north of Wellington on Boxing Day.

McKinley, nearing the end of his prison sentence, allegedly stabbed his cellmate six times in the neck for scaring the feral cat.

The attack was sparked after the prisoner entered the living room he shared with McKinley in the prison's minimum-security unit, startling the cat and causing it to scamper away.

The two men were prisoners in the self-care unit used to prepare long-term inmates for release.

This morning, Judge Bruce Davidson denied a media application for McKinley's photo to be taken because he had not told his family about the charge and in case it prejudiced a future trial.

McKinley stood in the dock flanked by five guards and was handcuffed to two of them.

He was remanded in custody to reappear in Upper Hutt District Court on January 27.

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