Doncaster prisoner stabbed inmate in the face with ‘screwdriver’

An HMP Lindholme prisoner stabbed a fellow inmate in the face with a "screwdriver-like" weapon after an argument about using his cell as a shop, a court heard.

Thursday, 12th December 2019, 4:00 pm
Updated Monday, 16th December 2019, 9:52 am

Phillip McRedmond hit the man with a kettle base that was wrapped in a black sock, after they discussed selling canteen items in his cell, on May 26, last year.

"He struck the complainant with a sharp instrument once on the face," prosecutor Susan Evans told Sheffield Crown Court, on Wednesday.

She said McRedmond's victim also received three puncture wounds in the left leg and torso, as well as a wound near his eye and nose.

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On October 18, 2018, he was found with a sharpened paint-roller, but claimed he used it to carve wood.

Miss Evans said McRedmond has 28 convictions for 36 offences, including robbery, possession of a weapon, and assaulting an officer.

She said he received 13-year prison sentence for wounding in 2011, and will remain in custody until September 2027.

Rebecca Tanner, mitigating, said: "Both matters go back some time. He readily accepts he was struggling at the time. He was not adjusting to the regime at Lindholme. He felt extremely uncomfortable. He was worrying about what was going on in the prison at the time.

"The complainant asked him if he could sell canteen items from the defendant's cell to pay off a debt.

"He told him he didn't want him to do this.

"He didn't know whether the complainant had a weapon concealed. He simply wouldn't leave."

He was transferred to the segregation wing, and after his return he was assaulted by the complainant, she added.

"The paint-roller was found in his possession. He says he was aware that it was an unauthorised article. He had been using it to complete a wooden box."

McRedmond, aged 28, appeared via video-link from HMP Doncaster, after pleading guilty to unlawful wounding and two counts of possessing a dangerous weapon.

Judge Peter Kelson QC told him: "You were seen repeatedly stabbing him as he lay on the floor. You plainly have the hallmarks of being a dangerous man."

He handed McRedmond two years, which will be added to his current sentence.