Prisoner jailed for headbutting prison officer - Bovingdon

28/03/2017

An inmate at The Mount Prison, who headbutted a prison guard breaking his nose, was jailed for three years today, Tuesday, 28 March 2017.

Bradley Doherty, aged 24, was angry that there was going to be a delay in getting the medication he needed to ease the pain of a broken arm. In frustration, he launched a vicious attack on the Prison Officer, headbutting him full in the face and breaking his nose.

Today St Albans Crown Court was told the prison officer required surgery and still suffers from blurred vision.

Doherty, who was serving a sentence at the jail in Bovingdon, Herts for domestic burglary, pleaded guilty to unlawfully wounding the officer.

Peter Shaw, prosecuting for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said the attack happened at around 8.40am on the morning of 31 May last year. The court was told that morning Doherty was anxious to get to the medical area of the jail to get the medication he needed. As a procedural matter he needed to get an ID confirmation to enable him to receive the medication. However, he was told a roll call had to take place first and he would have to wait. It was then, without warning, that he launched the attack injuring the prison officer.

Judge John Plumstead, hearing the case, told Doherty: "You have caused serious injury to a public servant doing his duty. I find you to be a dangerous man."

Doherty, who had been due for release later this year, was given an extended prison sentence of five years. He was told the custodial element of the sentence amounted to three years imprisonment and the period he would be on licence, once released, would run until 2022.

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