Prison officer stabbed in the chest after lag straps shiv to highlighter

An inmate stabbed a prison officer with a makeshift blake attached to a highlighter pen.

Michael Casey, 22, stabbed the officer in the chest at Swinfen Hall Young Offenders Institution (YOI), near Lichfield in Staffordshire, on August 20, 2019.

He carried out the attack shortly after 9am, when lags were returning to their cells after morning exercise.

Casey was sat on a pool table and was asked to return to his cell.

A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: "As the prison officer turned away, Casey stabbed him in the right side of his chest with a blade attached to a highlighter pen.”

The officer was not seriously hurt and was able to leave hospital the same day.

However, the attack had a “psychological effect” on him.

Casey was sentenced to 10 years and nine months imprisonment at Stafford Crown Court on October 15 after pleading guilty to Section 18 wounding.

The prisoner, who was previously jailed for robbery, was due for release in January, Birmingham Live reports.

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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Last week, two convicted murderers who attacked notorious child killer Roy Whiting in Wakefield Prison were jailed for seven-and-a-half years.

Richard Prendergast and Kevin Hyden armed themselves with makeshift weaponsmade of screws before carrying out the attack.

Whiting – who is serving at least 40 years for the murder of eight-year-old Sarah Payne – was targeted on November 8, 2018.

The 61-year-old monster was punched and kicked in the face before being stabbed in the upper body.

He was taken to Leeds General Infirmary with wounds to his chest, back and other areas.

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