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‘Dangerous’ prisoner launched revenge attack with razors melted into cutlery

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A violent and dangerous prisoner used a weapon crafted from a piece of plastic cutlery to launch a revenge attack on an inmate he accused of being “a snitch”. Mccauley Cook, 25, of no fixed address, had lent the man a phone, an item banned in prison, but it was found and the prisoner gave Cook’s name to officers.

Cook reacted by using the cutlery, with two parallel razor blades melted into the plastic to create a double cut, making it more difficult to stitch any wound. He took his victim from behind in HMP Lowdham Grange on January 14, 2021, and slashed him in the face and punched hm.

Nottingham Crown Court was told one prison officer, who intervened, was cut from his eye to his jaw, leaving him permanently scarred. Cooke then pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to the prisoner, assault, causing bodily harm to the officer, and having a blade in prison.

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He later told the authorities he committed at least seven slashings whilst in prison, and was described as having no victim empathy, and added “this victim deserved what he got”. Cook was even said to present as someone with an element of self-importance.

He has previous convictions for robbery, when he was very young, a threat to kill, and wounding with intent, where he was jailed for six years and given an extended period on licence of four years.

By July 2019 he was found with a blade in prison, then sentenced again for a wounding offence. Judge Gregory Dickinson QC, who sentenced him over the three new offences, said the earliest date for his release, on the previous crimes he is in prison for, is in 2026.

He told Cook, who defended himself, that Cook had made it clear to probation that he did not regret what he did and he regarded the prisoner he attacked as a worse offender than him. “You regard you are self-entitled to mete out punishment on others,” the judge said.

Cook nodded in agreement as the judge reminded him he had told probation he had carried out at least seven other slashing attacks. Regarding him as “dangerous”, according to legislation, he told Cook: “You armed yourself with a fearful weapon. It was, as far as I am concerned, an unprovoked attack. The assault on the prison officer was part and parcel of the same incident.”

He was sentenced to six years and eight months for the wounding with intent offence, with an extended licence for four years on release. Two-year concurrent sentences were passed on the other charges. The sentence will not start until February 2026, as it was imposed consecutively to the time he is currently serving.

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