An inmate from St Helliers Correctional Centre near Muswellbrook is in hospital after allegedly being assaulted in his room by other inmates last night.

The 44-year-old was serving 10 years gaol for causing severe brain damage to a child, but is now eligible for parole after serving just six years.

The story went to air on A Current Affair last night, and police say after other inmates at the correctional centre saw the story they bashed the 44-year-old.

He’s now recovering in Muswellbrook hospital with non life threatening facial injuries.