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Life sentence for Swansea prisoner after guard attacked with blade

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A man has been given a life sentence for assaulting a prison officer in HMP Swansea.

26 year-old Thomas Faulds, originally from Conwy, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and possession of a bladed article at Swansea Crown Court on 12th January.

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Foulds attacked prison guard Kirk Fewings with a home-made bladed weapon in June 2021 while in HMP Swansea.

He had recently been transferred to Swansea after attacking a fellow prisoner at HMP Berwyn near Wrexham in a similar manner, while awaiting to be sentenced for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

The prison officer sustained serious injuries to his face and neck in the attack.

Detective Inspector Gareth Jones from South Wales Police said: “This was an unprovoked attack on a prison officer who was just doing his job.

“As a result of Thomas Faulds actions, the victim sustained serious injuries that required surgery.

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“I am pleased that he pleaded guilty and will now have to serve an additional life sentence in prison”.

Foulds must serve at least 10 years and eight months following the sentencing.

(Lead image: South Wales Police)

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