A serving prisoner who assaulted a prison officer after attending a memorial service without him has been convicted.
Ben Kelly of HMP Albany appeared before Isle of Wight Magistrates via video link on Friday January 28.
The 29-year-old admitted to assaulting and beating a paramedic – a prison officer – on November 14, 2021.
Prosecutor Liz Miller told the court the offense was related to an incident on Remembrance Sunday.
She said a small service was held at the jail, which Kelly wanted to attend, but he was slow to prepare.
Ms Miller said the prisoners were gathering to go out for a service, but Kelly wanted to change and was told there was no time.
When he went to his cell, the rest of the group left without him, and when they returned he confronted the officer in charge.
The court heard that Kelly was unhappy with his explanation, followed the officer and then assaulted him.
Ms Miller said he punched and bit his victim in the back, before being restrained and taken back to his cell.
Oscar Vincent, defending, said Kelly had been serving an indefinite sentence since 2011, with no end in sight, and faced his incarceration with growing desperation and frustration.
He said he was happy to take part in a remembrance ceremony – his family having a military background – and wanted to pay tribute to his late grandfather and great-grandfather.
Mr Vincent said Kelly believed the officer had a problem with him and was disappointed not to attend the ceremony – his emotions having peaked in the court case.
The court heard Kelly make a full and candid confession in an interview and has since apologized to the officer.
Magistrates described Kelly’s actions as a vicious and premeditated assault, after searching for the victim and sentenced her to three weeks in police custody, alongside her current sentence.