Father of AFL player faces court for allegedly bashing baby murderer in prison

ALEX HEINKE reports.

The father of Carlton football player Chris Yarran is one of two prisoners on trial accused of using a hammer to bash a baby murderer at a regional Western Australian prison.

Malcolm Yarran and fellow inmate Lawrence Watt have pleaded not guilty to causing grievous bodily harm to Mervyn Bell in Albany Regional Prison in June last year.


The Perth District Court was told Bell was being held on remand at the prison, when he was repeatedly struck with the hammer, and suffered injuries including a fractured skull.

Prosecutor Edward Fitzpatrick said Bell was attacked twice, In the first instance Bell was hit from behind while playing cards.

“He felt a heavy blow to the right side of his head and another blow to his ribs,” Mr Fitzpatrick said.

Mr Fitzpatrick said Bell then fell to the ground and saw Yarran “standing at his feet with the hammer”.