Inmate left blind in one eye after ‘ice-pick’ attack from four savage lags

An inmate was left permanently blind in one eye after he was attacked by four other inmates who stabbed him with an "ice pick-style weapon".

Anthony Rogers was serving a sentence at HMP Northumberland when he fell out with Heltz Ames, who was armed with a weapon.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the pair got into a heated verbal exchange on the stairs when Ames took out the weapon and threatened to stab him.

Fearing for his life, Rogers fled the scene and tried to find staff, but he couldn't see any so he punched Ames in the face.

A third inmate, Jame Lee, then ran from behind Ames and attacked Rogers, before a fourth inmate, Luthor Awkonum joined in and obscured a CCTV camera.

The court head Rogers sustained a number of injuries during the attack, including puncture wounds to his back, ears, eye socket and jaw, caused by an "ice pick-style weapon."

As a result of the attack, Mr Rogers has permanently lost the sight in his left eye and had fractures to his cheek.

When prison officers arrived, Ames claimed Mr Rogers had been bullying him for some time.

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ChronicleLive reported Paul Cross, representing Ames, said he admitted he was responsible for the puncture wounds but added that he "couldn't walk away" from the fight once it "got out of hand."

He said: "He was being bullied.

"The difficulty he had is it's not possible to walk away from fights when you are a serving prisoner. Once it got out of hand, he couldn't walk away."

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Ames, 34, of no fixed address, admitted unlawful wounding on the basis Mr Rogers was also armed, Lee, 31, of North View, Whickham, Gateshead, pleaded guilty to GBH and Awkonum, 30, of Jane Street, Hetton-le-Hole, Houghton-le-Spring, admitted affray.

Gavin Doig, for Lee, said: "This was an attack committed by a number of defendants but it's not really a group attack because they weren't attacking at the same time. It was more sequential than anything else.

"The main injury was not occasioned by this defendant."

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