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Ex-underworld guard's mum pleads for son

AAP logoAAP 25/07/2016 By Genevieve Gannon

The mother of Carl Williams' former bodyguard has begged for her son to be spared more time "in the slot" because last time he was in solitary confinement he said he "couldn't do it".

The ex-underworld protector Terence Salvatore Chimirri, 41, is facing possible jail time after being charged with assaulting two emergency service workers, punching a man at Crown Casino, possessing heroin and driving offences.

In an impassioned plea, his mother Nilla Chimirri told Magistrate Franz Holzer she has "finally got half my son back", and that Chimirri has turned around "90 per cent" since moving into the family home with his parents at Safety Beach.

She said she had been to a lot of prisons visiting her son and he had been traumatised by his time in solitary confinement.

"They call it the slot," Mrs Chimirri said.

"I feel that jail will put him back another 60 to 70 per cent."

"Last time I went to see him he said to me, 'Mum, I can't do this'."

Defence barrister Tom Sawyer said, if jailed, Chimirri would have to be kept in protective custody, isolated from other prisoners.

"He's a marked man,' Mr Sawyer said.

"He was (Carl) Williams' bodyguard at one stage."

"He is very well known."

Chimirri is facing 20 charges, many of which are driving offences, according to court documents.

Mr Sawyer said Chimirri suffers from schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder and a prison term would be more onerous on him due to his mental illness and the need for him to be isolated in protective custody.

Magistrate Holzer ordered Chimirri to be assessed for a community corrections order, saying just because he had associations with bad people in the past, it didn't mean he should always be treated as a bad person.

A reported tendered on Chimirri's behalf was "powerful", Magistrate Holzer said.

The matter was adjourned until September.

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