A PRISONER at HMP Berwyn was left lying unconscious and bleeding after being set upon by three other inmates, a court heard.

Tyrone Breeze, aged 30, appeared at Mold Crown Court on Wednesday alongside 23-year-old Matthew Winward and 24-year-old Dylan Worthington.

All three, who appeared in the court via video link from prison, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm against James O'Connor at the Wrexham prison on June 30 last year.

Breeze also admitted two further offences; Attempting to cause grievous bodily harm to James O'Connor, as well as assaulting prison officer Jade Jones-Rogerson - both on June 30, 2021.

Oliver King, prosecuting, told the court that on the day of the offence, the defendants were serving sentences at HMP Berwyn.

In an incident captured on CCTV, they were "momentarily" spoken to by fellow inmate O'Connor, when for no apparent reason Worthington punched him in the face.

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Breeze joined in, with the incident moving across the wing as O'Connor backed away from the two men punching and kicking out at him.

Winward approached the victim from the side and struck him in the head.

He fell to the floor unconscious, and while he lay defenceless Breeze kicked and stamped on his head.

Mr King said as the incident unfolded, only one female prison officer was present on the wing and despite her concern for the victim, she was surrounded by male prisoners and could not safely intervene.

It wasn't until 10 or 15 seconds later that backup arrived, during which time O'Connor was "at Breeze's mercy," while the other two defendants became embroiled with another prisoner.

Officer Jones-Rogerson attempted to step in to protect that prisoner - but Breeze was then also trying to attack him, with a punch missing and connecting with the officer's face.

O'Connor was given first aid on the wing before being taken to Wrexham Maelor Hospital, where it was confirmed he had sustained no serious head injury.

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He had sustained swelling to his face however, concentrated around his right eye socket - as well as losing half of a front tooth.

Andrew Green, defending on behalf of Worthington, conceded that while his client doesn't have "the longest" criminal record, it is "dominated by violence."

He said: "He had started a joinery course when I spoke to him, in conference, and he's working on the servery.

"He's still relatively young."

Dan Gaskell, defending Breeze, said: "He has been punished to an extent for these offences by being put in periods of segregation.

"Since his transfer to Manchester Prison, he's been enrolled in various programmes dealing with violence.

"He is a man who has spent over three years in custody in very difficult circumstances."

Dafydd Roberts, defending Winward, asked the court to take his client's guilty plea and "relatively young age" into account.

He said since the relaxation of covid-19 regulations, the defendant had enrolled on a plastering course, a line of work he hopes to continue when he is released.

Judge Rhys Rowlands described the incident as a cowardly "unprovoked attack" on a man much smaller than the three defendants.

Worthington and Winward had eight months added on top of their ongoing sentences, while Breeze received an extra two-and-a-half years on top of his jail term.

 

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