A PRISONER "snapped" after being called names and threw a kettle of freshly boiled water in the face of another inmate.

Kieran Wilkins, of Newgate Street in Brecon, appeared at Caernarfon Crown Court on Thursday morning for sentence.

The 26-year-old admitted that on November 24 last year, he unlawfully caused grievous bodily harm with intent.

It took place at HMP Berwyn in Wrexham, against victim Anthony Curry.

Catherine Elvin, prosecuting, told the court that on the day in question, Wilkins had been serving a sentence at the prison.

Kieran Wilkins (NWP)Kieran Wilkins (NWP) (Image: North Wales Police) The incident, which had been captured on CCTV, entailed him walking out of his cell with a kettle of freshly boiled water and throwing the contents directly into the victim's face.

Mr Curry suffered burns to his face and neck.

In Interview, Wilkins made full admissions to the offence, claiming he was "angry" and that the victim had "deserved it."

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He told officers it hadn't been Mr Curry in particular who had annoyed him - and he'd have thrown it at anyone.

Asked if he had any remorse, Wilkins said he felt bad to begin with, but then said: "It is what it is, at the end of the day," citing his unstable personality disorder and lack of access to medication at the jail.

Richard Edwards, defending, said: "There had been groups of males coming to the defendant's door calling him names over the period of a few days.

"In his words, he snapped.

"Despite some of his assertions in interview, he does regret what's happened.

"His attitude came at a time when he was struggling to access his medication. He has some significant mental health issues."

Judge Timothy Petts told the defendant: "You waited with a freshly boiled kettle of water for another prisoner to approach.

"He'd done nothing wrong, you just wanted to take out your anger on someone."

The Judge handed down a four year custodial sentence, to be served immediately.