December 11 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, August 17, 2013
A young offender who caused an IT instructor at Norwich prison to break his back after he pushed him over – and also punched a prison officer in the face – has been given two years’ custody by a judge who said that the courts had a duty to protect prison staff.
Korrie Hassan, 20, attacked the IT instructor at the prison after he was prevented from leaving the room for disrupting the class, Norwich Crown Court heard.
Richard White, prosecuting, said that the push caused the instructor to fall over a computer tower and he suffered a fracture to vertebrae in his back.
Mr White said that the instructor had to have an operation to fit a plate and metal rods in his spine and spent 24 days in hospital. He also suffered complications as a result of the operation.
Mr White said that Hassan had been placed in a segregation unit at the prison as a result of the assault and, while there, had then punched a prison officer in the face as he was serving breakfast. The officer needed four stitches to a wound to his lip.
He later admitted to the Norwich prison governor that he was frustrated with his treatment in the segregation unit
Hassan, who has now been moved to Littlehey prison, admitted causing grievous bodily harm and actual bodily harm.
The court heard that Hassan had previous convictions for violence including an attack on a prison officer.
Sentencing him to two years custody, Judge Nicholas Coleman said it appeared he acted violently when in a custodial setting but warned him: “You have to be compliant when in custody or you will continue to be sentenced to longer and longer terms of imprisonment. You may well be frustrated by the system and be upset but demonstrating violence is not the way.”
He said the incident with the IT instructor had “tragic consequences”.
“Prison officers and security officers expect to be protected by the courts and they are as custodial sentences are handed down.”
Michael Clare, for Hassan, said the assault on the IT instructor was just a push.
“If the victim falls and fractures his vertebrae then that’s your look out. He apologised and made full admissions.”
He said that in the second assault no weapon was used and said that Hassan had been upset at his treatment in the segregation unit as he had been kept in his cell 24 hours a day and his toilet was blocked.