A JAILBIRD who slit a paedophile’s throat in a prison execution attempt has been thrown behind bars for life by a judge.
Armed robber Kevin McCarthy used a toothbrush studded with razor blades in his bid to kill child sex offender Mark Holding, Stafford Crown Court heard.
The brutal attack inside Dovegate Prison, near Burton, failed only because the blades narrowly missed Holding’s windpipe and vital arteries.
But the victim was left with a six-inch wound and blood gushing from his neck, said prosecutor Nick Burn.
He was rushed to hospital and required 60 stitches.
McCarthy later told prison staff he knew Holding had been convicted of 16 child rape charges and he ‘wanted to take his head off’.
McCarthy, 44, a native of Glasgow but formerly resident in Kent, admitted a charge of attempted murder.
Judge Simon Tonking branded him a dangerous offender and jailed him for life with a minimum term of 10 years.
The judge said McCarthy’s intention was ‘a punitive execution inside a prison’.
He said: “Purely by chance, only small blood vessels were damaged. It very easily could have killed him.
“You hated Holding because he was a sex offender who was serving a lengthy sentence for sex offences.
“Your motive was to inflict punishment, as you saw it.”
Mr Burn said the attack happened on May 19 last year in the food queue at Dovegate.
Other inmates said there was no sign of trouble when McCarthy got up to join Holding in the queue.
“The attack was sudden and unexpected. The complainant had no opportunity to defend himself,” said Mr Burn.
According to another inmate, the defendant ‘pulled his head back and with one sweeping cut, cut in to Mark’s neck.
‘He appeared to make the cut quite slowly and deliberately’.
After the assault McCarthy walked quietly back to his cell and disposed of the makeshift knife in his bin.
The court heard that McCarthy had a string of previous convictions for violence with knives and a machete.
He was jailed indefinitely for public protection for two gunpoint robberies in Gravesend, Kent, in 2006.
Andrew Baker, defending, said: “He is barely able to cope outside prison. He is now going to be segregated from other prisoners. He is going to be there for a considerable period of time.”
Holding was serving a sentence of 68 months imposed at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court in April 2010 for sex offences against children.
In a victim impact statement he said he had been left permanently scarred, had become suicidal and feared he may be attacked again.