A prisoner dropped an officer with a punch after a power outage

A prisoner officer was punched out after an argument with an inmate over a faulty power supply.

The guard was on duty at HMP Onley, Warwickshire, when he saw Ricky Charlton, 25, using a plank of wood to push his way through a circuit board outside his cell.

Northampton Crown Court heard there was a power outage which meant the cell was without power, prompting an angry reaction from Charlton who is serving a six-year sentence for drug offences.

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The guard approached him and asked him to put the wooden board back and go into his cell to calm down.

Charlton passed the board to the guard, before asking how long it would be before power could be restored.

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The guard said the authorities had been informed and would arrive as soon as possible.

Charlton grew increasingly bored and only moved into the doorway of his cell so the door could not be closed.

He said the guard “would see what would happen” if he continued questioning him, adding “you’ll see what I look like”.

The guard decided to push the prisoner back into his cell so he could close the door, but Charlton punched him in the face as soon as he pushed him, dropping the guard to one knee.

Charlton continued to punch him four or five times in the face, leaving him with two black eyes and a bruised and cut face.

The goalkeeper was forced to take a week off, before resuming light duties.

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During a sentencing hearing at Northampton Court, His Worship Mr Justice David Herbert QC heard that Charlton suffered from mental health issues at the time of the incident and had set his bed on fire earlier the same day.

He learned that the prison’s mental health team had since seen Charlton again, who had become a “model prisoner” enabling him to obtain a job within the establishment.

Judge Herbert said he recognized his progress, but described the incident as an “unpleasant assault”.

He sentenced Charlton to three months in prison, which will be added to his current sentence.

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