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Convicted murderer goaded prison officers at Norfolk jail before biting, punching and kicking victims in violent attack

PUBLISHED: 18:02 15 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:35 16 October 2018

HMP Wayland Prison. Picture: Ian Burt

HMP Wayland Prison. Picture: Ian Burt

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A convicted killer “goaded” prison officers at a Norfolk jail to enter his cell before launching a violent attack on staff who were left fearing for their safety, a court has heard.

Wyndham Thomas. PIC: Supplied by Wales Online.Wyndham Thomas. PIC: Supplied by Wales Online.

Life-serving inmate Wyndham Thomas, 40, bit, punched and kicked prison officers at Wayland Prison, near Thetford, after they entered his cell.

Norwich Magistrates Court heard Thomas, who was convicted of the murder of Christopher Williams in Wales in 1998, had been returned to his cell when he became violent and started “smashing” pieces of furniture.

Paul Roach, prosecuting, on Monday (October 15), said Thomas made repeated threats to prison workers and “goaded staff to enter the cell and said he would hurt them”.

The defendant even threatened to hurt himself at one point during the stand off which lasted about 15 minutes before officers entered.

Mr Roach said “considerable violence was meted out” by Thomas who bit, punched and kicked prison officers.

During the incident, which happened on August 28 last year, one of the officers was punched twice to the head, another received a bite to his arm while another had to retreat after being punched in the head.

Victim impact statements read out on behalf of the injured officers described how they “feared for their safety”.

Thomas, currently of HMP Stocken in Leicestershire, appeared in court and admitted three counts of assaulting an officer in the execution of their duty.

Representing himself, Thomas said he had “nothing” to say about the incident and had been “transferred out” following the attacks.

He said he was waiting for an appeal in relation to his life sentence for murder.

City magistrates sentenced him to a total of 16 weeks in custody which will run concurrently with his life sentence for murder.

Taxi driver Christopher Williams was fatally stabbed in the heart after he confronted a trio of men, including Thomas, when he returned to find them burgling his house.

Thomas was convicted along with two others who together had been breaking into the house at Nantyffyllon, Wales, in 1997.

In 2010 Thomas absconded from Prescoed open prison near Usk, Monmouthshire but was recaptured days later.

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