Full Sutton prisoner to spend remainder of his life behind bars after attack

Full Sutton Prison
Full Sutton Prison

A rapist has been jailed for the whole of his life for an unprovoked knife attack on a fellow inmate in troubled Full Sutton Prison.

Anthony Hawkins, 31, jumped Richard Cartwright with a vegetable knife in the prison kitchen, slashing him at least nine times and puncturing his stomach. Cartwright confessed: “I thought I was going to die.”

The high-security prison has suffered a catalogue of attacks in recent years, marking it as one of the toughest in the UK for inmates and staff.

Hawkins targeted Cartwright for throwing water over an inmate and waited for him to be let out of segregation, signing out the potato knife for use in the kitchen.

He pocketed the knife and searched nearby cells asking around to find where Cartwright was on 21 January.

“Without warning he then began an unprovoked attack on Cartwright with an upward thrust to the abdomen which penetrated,” prosecutor Jonathan Sharp told Hull Crown Court.

“Cartwright put up his arms but Hawkins continued stabbing or slashing driving him into a corner, Cartwright fell to the floor where Hawkins continued to attack. There was a minimum of nine forceful stabbing and slashing motions.”

Cartwright said: “I knew he meant to hurt me and didn’t really care what the consequences would be.”

Hawkins, of Rawlinson Avenue, Sunnyhill, Derby, appeared at court from Rampton Hospital surrounded by five guards to be sentenced for causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

He was jailed for life in 2003 for raping an 18-year-old girl after punching her in the face. Judge Richard Benson said: “Your arrogance was astounding and you showed not one jot of remorse.”

He has previous convictions for physical assaults against a total of 17 men and women including one in Parkhurst Prison.

Hawkins was stopped when a brave officer confronted him. Hawkins told officers: “I hope he dies. He is a bully I don’t like bullies.” He told Cartwright “You are not going to F*** with the big man now.”

His barrister Nick Wrack said Hawkins understood the water thrown over the other inmate was in fact urine. He urged the judge not to pass another life sentence.

Sentencing Judge Jeremy Richardson, QC, told Hawkins: “You are unquestionably a violent, very dangerous man, who presents a very serious risk to the public of committing other serious crimes. I have read a psychiatric report which make plain to me you have a severe personality disorder and present a grave risk to those around you of serious violence.”

“This was a pre-planned, wholly unprovoked act with a kitchen knife. You made repeated slashing motions with a knife causing serious injury, it was chilling to watch.”

He gave Hawkins a second life term with a minimum term of four years. But added: “I cannot envisage a time when it will be safe to release you from detention. In your case that will mean the sentence will run for the remainder of your natural life.” Hawkins immediately blurted out: “Thank you!” before being transported back to Rampton in double handcuffs.

The atmosphere in Full Sutton has turned to boiling point on several occasions. Lifer Wayne Walters, 41, suffered severe burns and was knocked out by a head punch from Liverpool gangland car bomber Richard Caswell, 29, in a prison kitchen on 28 May 2010.

Two murderers Michael Banks and Derek Lomas, 28, punched and struck Teesside child killer Paul Knappett, 36, after barricading themselves into a cell on 12 December 2010.

Most famously, Damien Fowkes, 36, killed sex murderer Colin Hatch in Full Sutton Prison in his cell with five ligatures on 22 February 2011.

And latterly, Asif Yaqub, 32, attempted to murder John Climo, 42, on 30 April 2011 after he walked into the snooker room with a razor blade.