Prison mutiny at HMP Littlehey

TWO convicted prisoners face even longer behind bars for prison mutiny at HMP Littlehey.

Scott Taylor, 22, and Ali Njie, 22, were already serving sentences when they decided to target prison officers and caused significant disruption on ‘I’ wing.

Taylor has been serving an indefinite sentence at the prison for attempted murder and actual bodily harm.

Njie was serving four years for rape and robbery.

On January 10, Taylor came out of his cell with a boiling kettle without the lid and walked towards three prison officers. He then shouted ‘does anyone want any water’ before throwing the boiling water over one officer.

Taylor and Njie assaulted both officers before arming themselves with wooden legs they had ripped off chairs.

They also began throwing chairs at the officers behind the bars, which resulted in an officer’s finger being broken.

Taylor and Njie caused further damage to the wing and additional trained officers were called in to restore order.

Taylor and Njie continued to fight officers, Njie threw a piece of wood at officers and Taylor struck an officer on the arm with a lump of wood before being restrained.

Taylor was convicted of prison mutiny, three counts of actual bodily harm and one count of grievous bodily harm with intent.

Njie was convicted of prison mutiny, two counts of actual bodily harm and one count of grievous bodily harm with intent.

Yesterday (Wednesday), Taylor was given a six-and-a-half year sentence while Njie was sentenced to five-and-a-half years both to run consecutive with their previous sentences.

This follows a two week trial at Peterborough Crown Court which began on May 14.

Detective Constable Sue Swales said: “This was a nasty attack which resulted in four prison officers being injured.

“This is the first time we’ve charged or convicted for prison mutiny in Cambridgeshire and this is because both Taylor and Njie were intent on defying authority by the prison officers. It means that two dangerous individuals will remain behind bars for a long time.”

David Taylor, Governor at HMP Littlehey, said: “This is a good outcome after the shocking and violent outburst at Littlehey.

“The convictions are to the credit of the Prison Service, Cambridgeshire Constabulary and the Crown Prosecution Service who worked closely to ensure that these offenders were held to account for their criminal behaviour.”