FOR a bloke a judge once described as intelligent and articulate, Matthew Charles Johnson squandered any potential he may have had. Watch Ended 0:00 / 0:51Scrubber mute Share Fullscreen Carl's killer sentenced Matthew Johnson is handed a 32-year jail sentence for bashing imprisoned gangland boss Carl Williams to death Johnson was serving his third stretch in Pentridge Prison. While the Dickensian jail and its tough-nut population no doubt proved daunting to most young inmates, this budding career criminal used his time there wisely. It was good grounding for his eventual position as self-declared "General'' of Barwon Prison. The man is disciplined in the ways of personal fitness and prison regimes, yet unbridled when it comes to matters of violence. A granite-like figure at 188cm tall, he walks with the strut of an institutionalised criminal. His eyes peer from dark recesses hollowed into his gaunt, bald head. In a black-hooded cloak with sickle in hand, Johnson would make a formidable Grim Reaper. A man with a shocking list of crimes against his name, he has amassed 162 convictions. But of all those crimes, Johnson will best be remembered as the man who bashed unlikely gangland boss Carl Williams to death with an iron bike pole inside their secure jail unit. Tough start After a jury convicted him last year of the Carl Williams murder, defence barrister Bill Stuart told Justice Lex Lasry: "My client does not wish his personal nor his family background to be publicly aired in this court." But his many previous court hearings were told Johnson got a tough start in life. His father died when he was four. His mother, Carol Hogg, remarried and had another son, a boy named Brett born with cerebral palsy. The pregnancy was a difficult one. "I spent that whole pregnancy in hospital ... and Matt was put into a type of foster care because (his step father) Wayne had to work," Carol Hogg told the County Court in 1994. She described Johnson's step father as a harsh taskmaster who ended up leaving the family.
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