Matthew John Horner, a prisoner at the Bunbury Regional Prison in Western Australia who was serving as his unit’s cook, has been sentenced to additional jail time on top of an existing sentence — for getting into a fight with another inmate who criticized his preparation of chicken parmigiana.
The fight, which took place in 2011, erupted when a fellow inmate told Horner that “there was too much tomato on top of the chicken parmigiana,” according to officer Gareth Reed. Quickly, the argument turned physical. “They ended up back at the unit later and had a fight,” said Reed.
By the time prison guards arrived, the victim had suffered injuries, including two broken eye sockets. The victim was taken to the hospital for medical treatment.
Horner, the hot-headed cook, was sentenced to seven months of jail time, to be served concurrently with an existing sentence.