A VIOLENT inmate has been found guilty of wounding prison officers with improvised weapons.

Daniel Matthews was today convicted by a jury of the assaults on seven prison officers at HMP Long Lartin near Evesham and HMP Bristol, on February 23 last year, and January 10 this year respectively.

Giving evidence at Worcester Crown Court, the 28-year-old claimed he had been “set up” and the attacks were self defence because he was “protecting himself” from the guards as he feared for his life.

But in cross examination he was challenged on his account, with prosecutor Tom Kenning saying Matthews planned the violence, proved by the fact he made the weapon - which Matthews denied.

After hearing the case for a just over a week the jury returned their verdicts this afternoon.

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They found the defendant guilty of wounding with intent, a second count of wounding with intent, of grievous bodily harm with intent, and on four counts of assault of an emergency worker (prison officers).

The jury found the defendant not guilty on a fifth count related to an assault on an emergency worker.

Following the verdicts Judge James Burbridge said there was an outstanding matter due for trial involving Matthews, which the Crown Prosecution Service will now consider whether to continue.

He then told the jury: "As to his medical condition he won't allow anyone to see him to engage with that, so he might be a hypochondriac, or he might have a real condition, or he may be playing the system."

Judge Burbridge adjourned the case until November 13, but told Mr Kenning he would need to know in advance whether he will be able to proceed to sentence on that date.