HMP Berwyn prisoner needed plastic surgery after inmate threw hot water over him

Michael Brown, 45, of Denbigh, was jailed for 14 months for ABH after an incident at HMP Berwyn
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A prisoner threw hot water over a fellow inmate at a Wrexham prison. Michael Brown also injured his victim with a bottle and punched and kicked him.

Brown, of Denbigh, believed his family had been threatened and that victim Michael Munnelly, who needed plastic surgery after the incident, had been involved, Mold Crown Court heard. Brown, 45, who is serving a nine-year sentence for robbery, admitted causing actual bodily harm.

A judge today jailed him for a further 14 months. Prosecutor Amy Edwards said Brown had been entrusted with a cleaning job which meant he was out of his cell longer than fellow prisoners.

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But on March 8 last year a prison officer on 3 Landing heard a commotion on 4 Landing above. CCTV footage showed Brown throwing a liquid out of a protein shaker bottle onto Minnelli, as he walked past him, said the prosecutor. Munnelly fell to the floor and the defendant kicked him. You can sign up for all the latest court stories here

The prison officer ran upstairs and shouted for colleagues to ring the general alarm. Munnelly sustained extensive burns to his neck and needed plastic surgery.

The wounds healed but the skin is "pink". Brown told staff there had been threats to his family. Ten minutes later he apologised for his behaviour.

The court heard Brown told police there was a "background" to the incident with parcels having been stolen and threats made to his family. Brown believed Munnelly was involved although there was no proof.

The incident happened in HMP Berwyn
The incident happened in HMP Berwyn -Credit:Reach plc

Ms Edwards said there had been a significant amount of planning by Brown to get the water in the bottle and wait in a corridor for Munnelly. Brown's nine-year sentence for robbery was imposed in 2022.

Ryan Rothwell, defending, said his client is remorseful. He had believed his family were being "terrorised" and faced "significant stress". Witnesses were surprised he behaved in this way.

Mr Rothwell added that "less than one per cent" of the complainant's body had been affected by the water.

The judge His Honour Timothy Petts jailed Brown for 14 months for assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He will serve half that term and half on licence meaning seven months imprisonment will be added to his current sentence.

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