Scalded in prison row

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE -

A Shotts pris­oner was sen­tenced to an ex­tra 27 months be­hind bars for pour­ing boil­ing wa­ter over a man’s face.

Paul McManus, 21, who is cur­rently serv­ing time at Shotts Prison, pleaded guilty to as­sault­ing pris­oner Robert Wal­lis on Fe­bru­ary 10.

At Hamil­ton Sher­iff Court on Fri­day McManus ad­mit­ted scald­ing the man by pour­ing wa­ter and dis­solved sugar from a ket­tle over his head and up­per body be­fore a fight broke out with prison of­fi­cers.

The court heard that McManus claimed he had been beaten up by the vic­tim and four other pris­on­ers pre­vi­ously and was de­fend­ing him­self.

At around 4.30pm on the day of the at­tack Mr Wal­lis was sit­ting in the can­teen eat­ing his din­ner when McManus be­gan run­ning to­wards him with the ket­tle in his hand.

He poured the boil­ing wa­ter over his head be­fore of­fi­cers in­ter­vened.

A fight then broke out and McManus was re­strained.

He was heard telling an of­fi­cer: “I’m just fed up with him thinking he’s a ticket”.

Mr Wal­lis was taken to the burns unit at Wishaw Gen­eral Hospital. Paraf­fin wax was ap­plied to his face overnight and he was kept in for ob­ser­va­tion.

He has now been trans­ferred to an­other prison.

McManus’ sen­tenced was dis­counted from three years for his guilty plea.

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