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Knife attack prisoner gets second life term
9:50am Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
AN inmate at a jail near York has been given a second life sentence for a knife attack on a fellow prisoner.
Anthony Hawkins, 31, slashed Richard Cartwright with a vegetable knife at least nine times, puncturing his stomach, during the assault at Full Sutton Prison.
Cartwright said later: “I thought I was going to die.”
Hull Crown Court was told the attack was stopped when an officer confronted Hawkins.
Hawkins, of Sunnyhill, Derby, who was jailed for life in 2003 for raping an 18-year-old girl after punching her in the face, and has previous convictions for physical assaults against 17 men and women, appeared at court from Rampton Hospital, surrounded by five guards.
Sentencing him for causing grievous bodily harm with intent, Judge Richard Benson told him he had a severe personality disorder, and said: “Your arrogance was astounding and you showed not one jot of remorse.”
He gave Hawkins a second life term with a minimum term of four years, but added: “I cannot envisage a time when it will be safe to release you from detention. In your case, that will mean the sentence will run for the remainer of your natural life.
“You are unquestionably a violent, very dangerous man, who presents a very serious risk to the public of committing other serious crimes.”