A PRISONER who hit an inmate around the head with a sock containing a stone has been jailed for a further 18 months.
Rosina Bryson attacked Derrol Flynn after the victim walked past her cell at Foston Prison carrying the weapon and made a “proactive remark”, Derby Crown Court heard.
Flynn had attacked Bryson, 46, with a glass earlier that day, the court was told.
Judge John Wait said: “She had attacked you not long before and you were intent on revenge.”
He said Bryson had had a “most troubled life” and added: “You are troubled and you have caused trouble to and for others. You were violent on that day – that is a feature of your life.”
Prosecutor Sonal Ahya said: “Initially both women got on. Things thereafter changed and there was some degree of bad feeling.”
On February 24 there was an ‘altercation’ between them in which Flynn struck Bryson with a glass. Bryson suffered a cut to the head, which was glued by medical staff at the prison.
A short time later Bryson was seen kicking at a cell door, asking Flynn to come out. “She was furious at what had taken place,” said Miss Ahya.
“A short time later, the complainant (Flynn) passed her room and she took the opportunity to assault the complainant.”
Flynn had been carrying a number of items including a cup and a sock with a stone inside, which Bryson believed Flynn was going to use to attack her, the court heard.
Bryson took the things from Flynn, before dragging her to the ground. Miss Ahya said: “She (Bryson) struck her to the head with the sock and struck her numerous times. One prison officer said it was a frenzied attack.”
Bryson was stopped by a group of prison officers. Flynn suffered cuts and bumps to her head, which were treated in the hospital wing.
Bryson, formally of Manchester, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm. The court heard she had ‘a very lengthy’ criminal record.
Gerard Doran, in mitigation, said: “Plainly this was an attack with a weapon. It’s clear that this defendant is not responsible for introducing the weapon into the scene and, in fact, the victim had brought the weapon to the scene.”
“It was not an unreasonable conclusion for the defendant to draw that the victim intended to enter into conflict with her and she perceived the weapon was to be used by the victim on her.”