Inmates attack gangster

Aaron Taylor and Frankie Hawkins

Aaron Taylor and Frankie Hawkins

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Two inmates who slashed a Preston gangster repeatedly in a brutal prison attack have been ordered to serve 10 years on top of their current jail terms.

The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was scarred for life by Frankie Hawkins, 24, and Aaron Lee Taylor, 24. They were found guilty of wounding with intent over the attack, which happened on December 1, 2013.

The wounds were serious – he will also bear permanent scars in particular a noticeable scar on the right if his face

Hawkins was serving a six -and-a-half year sentence for a knifepoint robbery while Taylor was on remand for a robbery.

Prosecuting, Joe Boyd said: “At around 3.30pm the victim was returning to his cell.

“He was on the landing unbolting his door when he felt a heavy blow to the rear of his head, and an attack led to him ending up on the floor.

“He was effectively wounded by a number of slicing motions on his face and torso. He felt slashing movements when he tried to defend himself. He was able to get up and jumped over the netting between the landings and realised he was bleeding heavily.

“At that stage Hawkins shouted, ‘You grass.’”

The man had wounds to his head, face torso and arm which all needed several stitches.

The victim did not provide details of his attackers originally but made a statement in March 2014.

Judge Stuart Baker said: “The wounds were serious – he will also bear permanent scars in particular a noticeable scar on the right if his face.

“There’s no evidence as to what the motivation was. Having said that it is quite clear from the fact you singled this man out this was not a spur of the moment incident. It clearly was a premeditated attack.”

He added distubances in prison could “very quickly escalate” into very serious problems.

Defending Hawkins, Sharon Watson said: “With respect they weren’t catastrophic life changing injuries. He can’t properly be characterised as a vulnerable victim, he was serving time for serious offence himself.

“There seems to be a suggestion the offence was committed for payment, there is no evidence of that. the victim is relying purely on hearsay.

“Mr Hawkins can’t be held accountable for fears he has in relation to what others may or may not do in the future.”