HMP Garth murder convict was "elated and jubilant" as he doused inmate and officers with his excrement

A convicted murderer who is serving a life sentence has admitted squirting his urine and faeces all over three prison officers as he tried to target a fellow inmate.

Thursday, 3rd September 2020, 3:45 pm

Gary Rogers, 32, was " whooping and wailing as if he was celebrating from his cell" after squirting the bottle through a hatch in his cell door as the staff and an inmate passed on the segregation unit.

The case relates to him hurling excrement at three members of staff at HMP Garth - in February 22 2019,

The incident is, in prison, commonly referred to as 'potting'

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Rogers, who has now moved to HMP Dovegate in Uttoxeter, pleaded guilty to three counts of administering a poison or noxious thing,with intent to injure or aggrieve, and one of assaulting an emergency worker.

He was already serving a total minimum term of 15 years and two months - a combination of a minimum 14 year term for the murder of a 32-year-old dad in Stoke-on-Trent in 2006 and 28 months for attacking another prison officer in 2016.

Prosecuting at Preston Crown Court, David Clarke said around 2.30pm one officer went upstairs to accompany another inmate to the exercise yard.

He added: " The observation panel of the defendant's door had been damaged that morning

"As they walked down the corridor with the other person, something was thrown out. It was immediately apparent the smell was described as pungent and disgusting. It was a mixture of liquid and human waste.

"One of the other officers saw this had been discharged using a black plastic bottle through that observation area, and it also went onto other members of the groups."

The intended target of the attack was "spitting as if something had landed in his mouth. He was taken to his cell and given bio hazard bags and the chance for a shower.

One officer was so concerned about the effect he walked into the nearest shower fully clothed to get rid of it.

Mr Clarke added: " He described feeling violated, dirty and physically repulsed."

Another went off duty and had to shower a number of times when he got home

Speaking via video link, Rogers, wearing an orange high visibility vest, said: " I know my behaviour is disgusting and there's no reason to act like that really, but I wish to convey I was kept in segregation for nine months and it must have had an effect on my mental health.

"i wish I could apologise again to the people involved.

He told the judge he had made major changes to his life since leaving Garth, including getting clean from drugs and completing courses.

Judge David Potter ruled the use of excrement was a "form of weapon" and jailed him for 28 months, of which he will serve 14 on top of his existing sentences.

He said: "You were elated and jubilant

"The clothing the officers were wearing had to be destroyed including a body camera which was a substantial piece of equipment.

"All of the prison officers were disgusted by the actions of you."