A savage thug who bit a prison officer's face after he had his ball taken off him has had his jail time extended.
Dean White, 33, of HMP Hull, is currently serving a life sentence and has 12 convictions for 31 offences, including a history of violence against emergency service workers.
Hull Crown Court heard that whilst in line for medication at HMP Hull on November 14, 2018, a prison guard took a ball off White that he had thrown at another prisoner and refused to return it.
This turned White from "happy and joking to angry" and he launched himself at the guard in a savage beating, with his victim left with bruising and swelling to his face and a bite mark close to his cheekbone.
He was also left suffering from nightmares after the attack and fearing he may have contracted HIV.
White's frenzied nature carried itself into his court hearing on Friday where, appearing via video link, he shouted "f*** off" upon hearing the charges against him and stormed off, leaving the case to go on without him present.
'Victim left fearing for his life'
Prosecuting, Philip Evans told the court that the victim, in his mid 50s, was an experienced prison officer of 11 years but was left "fearing for his life" after the attack.
He said: "[The victim] was on duty alone with three prisoners waiting to be seen at the healthcare centre.
"There was unobjectionable horseplay, with the defendant throwing a ball at another prisoner's head, which sparked amusement.
"The ball was then picked up by [the victim] and the defendant suddenly turned from being happy and joking to angry and fronted up to [the victim], shouted 'give me the ball' and then lunged at the officer and carried out a sustained attack.
"During the attack, he headbutted [the victim] and punched him several times, leading to him being bent over and then held him down and bit him in the face.
"It was a distressing incident for [the victim] who was alone and at first unsuccessful in summoning help. [He] felt abandoned and thought he would be 'fighting for his life' if nobody was coming to assist.
"Assistance did come in the end, but not before [the victim] suffered injuries that led to his uniform being covered in blood.
"He was shaken by the whole incident and feared for his life during the 'prolonged and relentless attack'."
The impact on the victim
Mr Evans said the victim had bruising and swelling to his face, with swollen lips, a cut on his tongue and a bruised and swollen nose, alongside a bite mark on the left side of his face.
"He also had ligament damage above his right elbow and was concerned that the injury to his cheekbone would leave him with a lasting scar and was struck by fear of potentially contracting HIV through the wound.
"In the immediate aftermath [the victim] also suffered from nightmares and flashbacks of the attack, as well as being left with stiffness in his right knee and left shoulder."
The prison officer was off work for six weeks after the attack and missed winter overtime to the tune of £10,000 as it was "denied to him" through being out of work.
White's previous offences
Judge David Tremberg heard that White had 12 convictions and 31 offences, including previous assaults against police officers dating back to the early 2000s, and had even tried to escape custody in 2001.
His past crimes include battery, assault, racial aggrevation and robbery and he is currently in prison serving a life sentence for wounding with intent to cause GBH in 2005.
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White pleaded guilty to assaulting a prison officer and occasioning actual bodily harm in the attack, which happened on November 14, 2018.
Judge Tremberg added another 28 months on White's current sentence.
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