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Prisoner poured boiling water over inmate in cheese sandwich row

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 10, 2014

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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.

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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.

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