Prison guard in headbutt attack

Wakefield prison interior
Wakefield prison interior

A KILLER headbutted a prison officer and then raked fingernails down his victim’s face, a court heard.

Peter McIntosh, who was jailed for life over a 1982 airport shotgun killing, was in HMP Wakefield when he assaulted Matthew Hince and broke his finger in an unprovoked attack on October 18, 2010.

McIntosh, 53, denied assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH) and went on trial at Wakefield Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

But before the case began cell staff successfully applied for McIntosh to be handcuffed in the glass-fronted dock for security reasons.

Prosecutor Z Hussain told the court McIntosh had been jailed for life by Birmingham Crown Court for manslaughter 30 years ago.

Brief details were given of how someone had died after a shotgun had been fired at their head in an unnamed airport.

Mr Hince told the trial how McIntosh had used crude language towards him for no reason while he was putting out the prisoner’s water during his rounds.

Later that day Mr Hince informed McIntosh he would be placed on report for abusive language.

McIntosh then headbutted Mr Hince to the chin and chest area and scratched his face. The officer’s little finger was also broken during the incident.

McIntosh claimed he acted in self defence and headbutted Mr Hince believing he was about to be assaulted. He said he also palmed the officer away after being hit with an elbow strike.

But McIntosh, who is now in a prison in Worcestershire, was found guilty of ABH and was jailed for 26 weeks. But the court heard McIntosh would still be incarcerated for a significant period of time beyond that.