Life sentence for inmate who attacked fellow prisoner with a sharpened wooden paintbrush

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A prisoner who attacked a fellow inmate with a sharpened wooden paintbrush handle at Bedford Prison has received a life sentence.

Russell Ireland, aged, 30, was serving a prison sentence for false imprisonment offences when he stabbed another prisoner on November 7 last year.

Russell Ireland.

Russell Ireland.

The victim suffered superficial wounds to his neck and body and Ireland also stamped on his head.

He pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm on May 5 and, on Friday (May 15), he was sentenced to life. He also received a life sentence for an assault he committed while in a prison in Norfolk.

He has an indeterminate sentence with a minimum tariff of eight years, which he will serve consecutively with his current sentence.

Det Insp Alan Page, of the Beds, Cambs and Herts major crime unit, said: “Ireland is an incredibly dangerous man so we’re very pleased that he will be locked away for a very long time – he will only be allowed out when he’s deemed safe.

“Violence of any sort is never acceptable. Our number one aim is to protect people and fight crime, working alongside our partner agencies such as the prison, and we will therefore always take incidents like this very seriously to ensure that justice is done and that people are kept safe.”

Ireland has now been moved to a different prison where he will serve his sentences.