Justice asks about shackled man's behaviour in jail

ONE of the four men convicted of the 2012 Christmas Day manslaughter of a man in Morayfield wrote a letter to the supreme court saying he was determined to be rehabilitated.

But Justice Jean Dalton was not convinced because he had walked into the Brisbane Supreme Court on Thursday morning shackled in various restraints and accompanied by several security guards.

Justice Dalton wanted more details about how the man she would be sentencing - Anthony David Joseph Phillips - had behaved while in jail, where he has been since late December 2012.

Phillips, 29, and his younger brother Douglas Alan Phillips, 25, Michael Robert Selmes, 24, and Dallas Glenn Kincaid Dean, 35 faced the supreme court on Thursday to be sentenced for the manslaughter of Robert "Jessie" Jordan.

Mr Jordan died after being bashed outside a home in Morayfield.

Crown Prosecutor Glen Cash told the sentence hearing Mr Jordan suffered a "brutal and ferocious assault" that involved kicking, stomping and punching.

Justice Dalton said the letter tendered from Anthony Phillips gave the idea that "...there's been revelation to him that now he wants to change".

She then quoted Phillips's letter: "Most importantly I want to change so I don't hurt anyone ever again".

Mr Cash tendered a document that he said showed Anthony Phillips was compliant and tidy in prison but he said there was an occasion where he was abusive towards corrective services officers and that he had also been involved in threats and assaults on other prisoners.

He also said the extra security arrangements at court on Thursday were due to Anthony Phillips being moved to maximum security two days earlier, but it was unclear why he was transferred.

Anthony Phillips's defence barrister Angus Edwards said the prison environment was not always a calm place and that his client had said sometimes "you can't avoid getting into a fight" in jail.

Mr Edwards also said nothing changed the fact that Anthony Phillips said he was remorseful over Mr Jordan's death.

Justice Dalton will likely deliver the final sentence next week.

-ARM NEWSDESK



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