Prisoner sentenced to eight years for vicious attack on prison guard

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A prisoner who mounted a vicious attack on a guard at Bedford Prison has been sentenced to eight years in jail, in addition to the time he was already serving.

Samuel Prime-Fearon, 31, was sentenced at Luton Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday) after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent.

The prison officer was patrolling a wing when he was approached by Prime-Fearon, who threw him into a cell door and punched him twice in the face. The officer fell to the floor unconscious, before Prime-Fearon continued to assault him, stamping on his face and only stopping once another officer intervened.

The victim was rushed to hospital where he had surgery for head injuries.

Prime-Fearon was already serving a nine year sentence for GBH at the time of the attack, and was sentenced to seven years for the prison attack and a further 12 months for an assault in Suffolk.

The judge also assessed him as being dangerous, giving him an extended licence period of three years added upon his release.

Detective Constable Aroop Nandre who investigated the attack, said: “The prison officer has shown immense bravery since the attack despite the understandable traumatic impact and long term effect it has had on him, so we’re pleased with the strong sentence handed out.

“We are clearly talking about a very aggressive and violent man here; his actions have resulted in him essentially doubling his time in jail and it’s certainly positive that he has received such a strong sentence.”