Scalded in prison row
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.