A PRISONER has had eight months added to his sentence after he attacked two officers at HMP Berwyn.

Ethan Frederick headbutted officer Nicholas Clutton in the face and repeatedly punched his colleague Andrew Moss after refusing to return to his cell at the Wrexham prison complex.

Mr Clutton suffered a bloodied mouth and Mr Moss a black eye and both men had to take time off work.

Both officers appeared at Mold Crown Court to tell of the impact of Frederick’s actions with Mr Moss saying it had made him “question whether serving the public was worthwhile given the impact it had had on his family”.

Prosecuting barrister Oliver King said Frederick was sitting in a communal area when the request was made because he was under the restrictions of a “basic regime”.

When they were unable to persuade him to return under a direct order the officers pushed an emergency button to request help as other prisoners were getting agitated.

They took hold of Frederick but he dropped to his knees and flung his arms out aggressively before lunging at Mr Clutton and headbutting him while punching Mr Moss several times.

The court heard that Londoner Frederick was serving a seven-year prison sentence imposed for offences of violence, including attempted grievous bodily harm and affray. The prisoner - who has now been transferred to HMP Altcourse on Merseyside - pleaded guilty to two counts of assaulting an emergency worker occasioning him actual bodily harm on November 14 last year. He was unrepresented in the dock and claimed in court the matter could have been “dealt with in-house”.