‘Violent’ lag has jail time extended for baked beans tin attack on fellow inmate

A prisoner has had years added on to his sentence after assaulting a fellow inmate repeatedly with a tin of baked beans.

Ramone Brannon, 27, was already serving time for another assault when he attacked his victim while sorting food and other essential items.

The HMP Swaleside prisoner, on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent, was picking items from shelves while the victim swept the floor.

Brannon and his inmate had both been given a special allowance to work in a section of the prison where they sorted food and other essential items.

But Brannon became frustrated that he could not move around the fellow prisoner, sparking a verbal argument.

He then turned a corner, picked up a tin of baked beans, and smashed it into his victim's head.

The other inmate was repeatedly struck with the tin, punched, and hit with the broom he had been using.

He sustained serious facial injuries, which required treatment at a London hospital.

The assault was captured on CCTV however, in a police interview, he provided no comment to a series of questions that were asked of him before making a full admission in court.

Appearing at Maidstone Crown Court on Tuesday, Brannon pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and was sentenced to an additional three-and-a-half years in prison for the attack, which took place in February 2019.

Detective Constable Matthew Robinson, Kent Police's investigating officer for the case, said: "At the time Brannon committed this offence, he was serving a sentence for a different assault that had taken place outside of Kent.

"He has shown that his violent and unpredictable temperament has not changed and there can be little doubt that his willingness to use such considerable force means he is a danger to the public.

"The sentence imposed is therefore entirely justified and I sincerely hope Brannon engages with the services available to him to reform and reflect upon his actions."

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