A VIOLENT prisoner poured scalding water over another inmate at Dovegate prison during a row over a cheese sandwich, a court has been told.
Joel Hislop tipped the boiling contents of a kettle over Jamal Forrest’s head in an act of revenge, after he was refused a baguette by the canteen worker the day before.
Hislop, 21, who was serving a six-year sentence for attacking a man with a meat cleaver, was handed a further eight years behind bars after admitting inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent.
Recorder Marcus Tregilgas-Davey saw the January 15 incident unfold on a CCTV recording which was shown to the court.
He said: “There is absolutely no excuse for behaving in the thuggish way you did. I have seen photographs, [the injuries] look extremely painful. You are clearly a young man who is out of control.”
Mr Robert Price, prosecuting, said Hislop approached Forrest from behind to attack the victim. A brawl broke out in the canteen immediately afterwards before Forrest, who is serving a ‘substantial sentence’ for aggravated burglary, was rushed to hospital.
He is still suffering from scarring as a result of the injuries, the court was told.
It is the second time Hislop has been punished for throwing hot water over another inmate. In August 2012, he added a further 10 months to his sentence when he threw hot sugared water over a prisoner in Brinsford Young Offenders Institute.
Hislop was jailed for six years in March 2012 for robbery and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. Hislop had chased a man down High Street in Telford, Shropshire, and swung a meat cleaver at him.
Mr David Swinnerton, defending, said: “The background, my client maintains, is a little more serious than simply an argument over a cheese baguette. He was in an adult prison for the first time rather than a young offenders’ institute and was subject to bullying.
“Hislop realises that if he continues to behave like this when he has a problem, he will never come out of prison.”
The case was heard on Monday.