Prison sentence for Stradishall assaults

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An inmate who assaulted two prison officers is to serve another eight weeks in custody.

Anthony Nathaniel Scott, 48, currently of HMP The Mount, Hemel Hempstead, pleaded guilty to two charges of assaulting officers in the execution of their duty.

Prosecuting at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court last Wednesday (December 31), Tess Mann said Scott was a prisoner at Highpoint in Stradishall when he assaulted two prison officers on September 9.

She said senior prison officer Shores was conducting a case review with regards to Scott’s release when he ‘became abusive and refused to engage’.

Scott was asked to return to his cell but began shouting and hit Mr Shores in the face, ‘causing slight redness and swelling’.

He also bit another officer’s thumb, leaving bite marks, said Ms Mann.

In mitigation, Claire Furlong said Scott, who has schizophrenia, was restrained by up to six officers and his glasses were broken and his wrist and thumb injured in the process.

“He felt he was surrounded by a large number of people, five/six to one, and that’s why he acted the way he did,” she said, adding that he accepted he ‘went too far defending himself’.

Scott received eight weeks custody for each assault, to run concurrent with each other but consecutive to his current sentence.