Prisoner may be scarred by boiling sugar-water attack

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Boiling water thrown over an inmate at Highpoint Prison was laced with sugar to ‘ensure maximum damage’.

Colby Neil-Clarke, 22, of no fixed address, was jailed for four years after pleading guilty at Ipswich Crown Court on Tuesday to assault causing grievous bodily harm to Granville During.

Prosecutor Michael Crimp said During felt an ‘immense pain’ as his back, neck and head were struck by the scalding liquid thrown from a plastic tub. He suffered second degree burns and may be scarred for life, said Mr Crimp.

Kevin Toomey, mitigating, said Neil-Clarke, who was a prisoner at the Stradishall jail, believed he was under threat from During.

Sentencing Neil-Clarke, Mr Recorder Guy Ayers said using boiling water containing sugar to ensure maximum damage was caused was the equivalent of using a weapon.