A prisoner who slashed a paedophile’s face with a razor blade and told a prison officer: “He’s got two victims, think of them” has had his sentence extended.
Daniel Andrews left Jordan Murray scarred for life after learning Murray was in jail for sex offences against children.
Murray needed more than 100 stitches as a result of the attack, which happened at HMP Altcourse, the Liverpool Echo reports.
Both Andrews and Murray were on the medical wing at the prison when the incident unfolded in late 2019, Liverpool Crown Court was told.
Peter Killen, prosecuting, said: “The victim is Jordan Murray, who was an inmate at HMP Altcourse on the health wing and he was returning to his own cell at about 9.15am on December 10 having been to the toilet.
“As he did that he was called to cell number seven, the cell occupied by the defendant.
“Mr Murray did not know Mr Andrews but had spoken to him and in speaking to him on this occasion he indicated that he had convictions. He told the defendant that he had convictions related to sexual offences against children.
“At the time, Mr Murray thought that Mr Andrews wasn’t bothered by what he said.
“He moved away from the cell but was called back and he thought that the defendant wanted a further conversation with him.
“They spoke very briefly about football but in any event Mr Murray recalls the defendant said to him ‘I don’t like people who talk to children’, and the defendant slashed him across the side of the face.”
Murray suffered a 15cm wound across the right side of his face that will leave a permanent scar, the court heard.
After Murray was taken to A&E, a prison officer asked Andrews why he had carried out the attack.
It was said Andrews claimed voices in his head told him to do it and that he also added: “He’s got two victims, think of them.”
In a victim personal statement summarised to the court by Mr Killen, Murray wrote: “I can’t believe someone would do this to another person.”
Mr Killen added: “Every time he looks at the scar it brings back a memory of the attack which makes him upset and worried.”
The court heard Andrews had 39 previous convictions for 75 offences, many of which were for assault in the North East.
Peter Eguae, defending, said his client had endured a difficult childhood growing up in care.
He added the 28-year-old was on the medical wing at Altcourse following mental health issues, telling the court: “The descent in his mental health was completely entwined with his use of spice.”
Mr Eguae added Andrews, who is a dad, had made huge progress during his most recent jail stint and said: “He never realised when he assaulted the victim how serious it would be and he has quite honestly and credibly expressed his shock, his shame and his disgust at his actions.”
Andrews, who admitted wounding with intent, attended the hearing via a video link from HMP Nottingham.
After hearing Andrews had turned his life around since the attack, judge David Swinnerton said that, if this was the case, then “at least some good will come out of this”.
However, he concluded that Andrews was a dangerous offender.
The judge said Murray was a vulnerable prisoner who suffered learning difficulties, which may have been why he volunteered that he was behind bars for sexual offences.
Judge Swinnerton said the attack was “a sudden, impulsive, decision” in which: “You caused an injury which is visibly horrific. It is a very long, deep gash to the side of his face. The picture of this taken shortly afterwards is horrific. The effect of this is he has been left with permanent scarring to his face.”
Andrews was sentenced to seven and a half years in jail and handed a five year extended sentence.
This means he will serve at least two thirds of the jail term before he can be considered for parole. Once released, he will be subject to licence conditions for any time that remains of his custodial sentence, plus a further five years.