Man jailed for longer after ‘vicious’ assault on fellow prisoner

A man who helped beat up a fellow prisoner so badly he was in intensive care has been given two and a half more years behind bars.

Dean Turner was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm to the fellow inmate in a vicious attack at Erlestoke Prison, near Westbury in Wiltshire.

The 30-year-old was found guilty at Winchester Crown Court of assaulting a fellow inmate at the prison back in December 2018.

The court heard Turner and another prisoner attacked the inmate on a landing in one of the prison wings. The victim’s injuries were so bad he was rushed to Salisbury Hospital and then transferred on to hospital in Southampton for treatment.

The other inmate who took part in the attack pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.

A judge sentenced Turner to spend another two and a half years behind bars.

After the sentencing, the police detective who led the investigation said he hoped it gave the family of the victim ‘some closure now’. “This was a vicious assault on a fellow inmate by two men,” said Det Sgt Ted Roe, from Wiltshire police.

“We welcome the result and hopefully it sends a message that, although a person may already be in prison, no one is above the law and we will investigate and if necessary pursue any prosecution.

“I also hope this gives the victim and his family some closure now,” he added.

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