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Whitemoor prison ‘lifer’ gets extra 5 years for assault on fellow inmate

In 2014 Ireland was jailed for seven years for taking a family hostage and attacking a teenager

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An inmate at Whitemoor Prison – already serving two life sentences for attacking a Norwich jail inmate with a chair leg and stabbing a prisoner at HMP Bedford with a doctored paint brush – has received an additional 5-year sentence for a fresh attack on a prisoner.

Russell Ireland, 39, and originally from Ipswich, appeared before Peterborough Crown Court on Wednesday where he pleaded guilty to unauthorised possession of a knife in prison, arson, common assault of an emergency worker and GBH without intent.

He was sentenced to five years and three months, on top of his original sentence.

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The court was told he hit a fellow inmate over the head with a speaker magnet concealed in a sock has been sentenced.

The victim suffered serious head injuries after Ireland attacked him following a confrontation in the canteen at HMP Whitemoor in January 2022.

Two months later, Ireland started a fire in his cell before lunging at staff with a long sharp object as they tried to extinguish the blaze and clear the smoke.

Russell Ireland custody photos: (left) from 2015, and (right) from 2024

Russell Ireland custody photos: (left) from 2015, and (right) from 2024

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Detective Constable Emma Purser, who investigated, said: “Ireland’s violence and destruction seems to know no bounds.

“His behaviour was frightening for those involved and he caused serious injuries. He’s proved he should remain behind bars for a long time.”

In 2014 Ireland was jailed for seven years for taking a family hostage and attacking a teenager.

The following year, whilst on remand at Norwich prison, he was convicted of attacking a fellow inmate with a chair leg and admitted repeatedly stabbing a prisoner at HMP Bedford with the doctored paint brush.

Ireland was given two concurrent life sentences at Luton Crown Court.

 

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