Man jailed for canteen queue attack on two prison officers
A CONVICT who attacked prison officers when he was told he would have to wait his turn for the canteen has been sent back to jail.
Lee Cook was serving a 20-week jail sentence for taking a vehicle without consent in Derby when he assaulted a prison officers Jamie Farrell and Andrew Terrence, Derby Crown Court was told.
Mr Farrell had asked prisoners to wait outside the canteen door until the queue had gone down inside.
The court was told that this upset Cook and he took hold of Mr Farrell's shirt and pushed him against the wall.
Mr Terrence then became involved and the two officers tried to restrain Cook.
Prosecutor Sarah Allen said Cook then punched Mr Farrell twice to his head and sunk his teeth into the prison officer's left hand, causing it to bleed.
Cook then spat at Mr Terrence – his saliva landing on the prison officer's mouth.
Mr Terrence said that he thought it was one of the worst ways to be assaulted.
He told police: "Since it happened, I've been down. My wife has noticed a change in me. I initially didn't want to kiss my children as I felt dirty."
Jailing Cook for a year and 10 months, Judge Michael Fowler said: "Attacking prison officers is something that cannot be dealt with by anything other than a custodial sentence.
"The attack on Mr Farrell was so serious. It was a sustained attack.
"You have previous convictions for assaulting police officers."
Cook admitted assault causing actual bodily harm on Mr Farrell and common assault on Mr Terrence on June 13.
Julia King, in mitigation, said: "The history of his upbringing is a very sorry tale. He's had no positive role model in his life."
Cook, 27, of no fixed address, also admitted interfering with a motor vehicle and two offences of attempted burglary.
An off-duty police officer, Detective Inspector Graham Prince, of Mickleover, raised the alarm after he looked out of his bedroom window in the early hours of September 6 and spotted Cook trying the door handles of houses and a car.
Detective Inspector Prince, who had got up early to drive his daughter to university, waited for other officers to arrive and then, together, they arrested Cook in a nearby garden.
Judge Fowler commended Detective Inspector Prince for "seeing the matter through".