Court told of prison at­tack

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By TONY LITH­GOW

A LAG went be­serk af­ter los­ing at ludo to a cell mate, a court heard.

Ash­ley Gill, 21, bat­tered in­mate Luke Good­ings over the head with a sock full of snooker balls af­ter los­ing at the board game, it is claimed.

A week later it is al­leged he slashed Mr Good­ings, 21, across the face and arms with a home­made weapon – two ra­zor blades fit­ted onto a tooth­brush – dur­ing a brawl in HMP High­down, Banstead, Sur­rey.

Gill, of Feltham, de­nies two of­fences of un­law­ful wound­ing – one of them with in­tent.

Guild­ford Crown Court heard the trou­ble started on March 15 last year.

Christopher Bertham, prose­cut­ing, said: “The two men were shar­ing a cell at the same prison.

“Re­la­tions be­tween them de­te­ri­o­rated and re­sulted in the de­fen­dant hit­ting Mr Good­ings over the head with a sock packed with hard cue balls. The de­fen­dant was re­moved and housed in an­other cell block.

“But on March 23 Gill met the other man in a prison cor­ri­dor and told Mr Good­ings, ‘I’ll stab you up’.

“Mr Good­ings suf­fered deep cuts to his head and arms.

Mr Good­ings told the court he had lac­er­a­tions un­der his chin and be­tween his chin and one of his ears, adding: “I also got cuts on my arms when I put them up to de­fend my­self.

“He told me he was go­ing to slice me up or shank me.”

The court heard the use of two ra­zor blades had done more dam­age than a knife wound.

The trial con­tin­ues.

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