Prison officer injured in boiling water and kettle assault from inmate

HMP Wayland Prison. Picture: Ian Burt

HMP Wayland Prison - Credit: Ian Burt

A prison officer suffered first-degree burns after an inmate at HMP Wayland threw boiling water over him and struck him with a kettle.

Christopher Korankye, 39, appeared before Norwich Crown Court on Monday, July 26 where he was sentenced to two years imprisonment for assaulting a prison officer.

The incident took place on October 15, 2020 at HMP Wayland in Griston, near Watton, and was investigated by Breckland's prison liaison team.

A police spokesperson said the victim unlocked the prisoner’s cell and that Korankye threw boiling water over him, before hitting him with a kettle and punching him.

They added: "The victim managed to get away and run for help.

"The defendant was taken back to his cell where, after being searched, was found with a toothbrush with a razor attached to it."

The victim, aged in his 20s, suffered first-degree superficial burns to his neck and back and was taken to West Suffolk Hospital for treatment and was discharged the same day.

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Korankye was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and unauthorised possession in prison of an offensive weapon.

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