The man who murdered schoolboy Daniel Morcombe is in hospital after another prisoner threw boiling water over him.
Brett Peter Cowan has been taken to Royal Brisbane Hospital with burns to his head, chest and legs following the attack at Wolston Correctional Centre on Friday morning.
A corrective services spokesman said the 46-year-old was injured around 9.15am and was “conscious and lucid” when an ambulance arrived.
A Queensland Ambulance spokeswoman said he was in a stable condition.
Police are interviewing another prisoner in relation to the attack.
The Courier Mail reports Cowan was removed from a protective cell and placed in a more general unit of this prison earlier this year.
Cowan’s lawyer, Tim Meehan, from Bosscher Lawyers, told The Courier Mail said Cowan was serving a life sentence for murder and it was not for others to punish him further.
“I understand that there’s an awful lot of ill feeling towards him but vigilante justice is something that has never been condoned by the courts,” he told the paper.
Cowan, 46, is serving a life sentence for the 2003 murder of the Sunshine Coast schoolboy.
The High Court earlier this year shot down his bid to appeal his 2014 murder conviction.