Swinfen Hall inmate Michael Casey jailed after stabbing prison officer with highlighter blade

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A serving inmate has been jailed for more than ten years after stabbing a prison officer in the chest.

Michael Casey, 22, attacked the Swinfen Hall prison guard – stabbing him in the right side of his chest with a blade attached to a highlighter pen.

The prisoner, who had previously been jailed for robbery, had been due for release in January.

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The attack on the officer happened on August 20, 2019 shortly before 9am, when inmates at the Lichfield prison and young offenders’ institution were returning to their cells after morning exercise.

Casey had been sat on a pool table on the first floor when the prison officer asked him to return to his cell.

But as the officer turned away, Casey plunged the makeshift weapon into his chest.

Casey was sentenced to ten years and nine months imprisonment at Stafford Crown Court on Thursday, October 15 after pleading guilty to Section 18 wounding.

The court heard that while the officer’s injuries were not serious and he was able to leave hospital the same day, the incident had a ‘psychological effect’.

Police Constable Julie Walker, of the prison crime investigation team, said: “I hope that this sentence will serve as a strong deterrent as individuals will be held accountable for their behaviour, as well as providing reassurance that these types of incidents are treated with the utmost seriousness and severity.”





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