Inmate attacked fellow prisoner inside troubled prison

HMP Full Sutton
HMP Full Sutton

A Full Sutton prison inmate is facing a second prison sentence for attacking a fellow criminal inside the high-security prison.

Prolific burglar Jason Birch, 40, was initially accused of attempting to murder Lee Shakespeare after cutting his neck so badly staff thought he was going to die.

Birch, judged to be a high risk to the public, fashioned a prison shiv from a plastic tooth brush to open up the neck of Shakespeare behind prison wall on 1 February. Shakespeare has been the target of repeat attacks – he was once knifed in the neck with a paint brush handle.

Birch, now in Wakefield Prison, initially elected to stand trial denying attempted murder. He appeared surrounded by six prison guards behind the bullet proof glass of court one at Hull Crown Court on Monday.

He pleaded guilty to an alternative charge of wounding. His barrister Christopher Sutton-Mattocks said he wanted a pre-sentence report. Birch appeared at an earlier hearing in September complaining of extensive injuries to his face. He had a black eye.

Judge Michael Mettyear said: “If he wants a pre-sentence report then I am legally obliged to give him one.”

He adjourned sentence, reserving the case to himself at Hull Crown Court on 16 December. Birch was remanded in custody.