Leyland prison inmate stabbed convict multiple times with ‘homemade weapon’

A prison inmate stabbed another convict multiple times with a homemade bladed weapon, a court has heard.

Thursday, 19th September 2019, 11:40 am
Updated Thursday, 19th September 2019, 12:40 pm
Preston Crown Court

Mark Coulburn, 30, of HMP Garth, Walton Lane, Leyland, is then said to have hurled the weapon out of a window.

He denies wounding fellow inmate Billy Moriarty with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on July 28 last year, and unauthorised possession of a weapon in prison.

However, Preston Crown Court was told both Mr Moriarty and Coulburn would not give an account to police, and Mr Coulburn has not attended the trial.

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Preston Crown Court

Bob Golinski, prosecuting, told the jury the victim suffered a number of puncture wounds to his body on July 27, at around 4.15pm, as the pair queued at a ‘treatment hatch’ for medication.

Footage of the incident was caught on the prison’s CCTV system.

He told jurors prison officer Christopher Alexander was in a staff room when he heard a commotion and a voice shouting: “Stop it.”

As he approached the area he saw Coulburn pushing Mr Moriarty, before “striking out” a number of times, with Coulburn making a jabbing motion rather than a punching motion. The victim suffered numerous stab wounds.

Mr Alexander following Coulburn and saw him near an open window. A homemade weapon was later found on flooring near the window, with DNA matching Coulburn’s.

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