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Offender jailed for assaulting police officer in Sheppey prison

A prisoner who assaulted a police officer with an improvised weapon has been sentenced to six years imprisonment.

Hamza Ahmed committed the assault against a detective from another police force, who was visiting him offender at HMP Swaleside for a pre-arranged interview on 16 April 2018.

At the end of the visit, which discussed a drug case, Ahmed lunged towards the officer and caught him on the side of his face, just above the jawline.

Ahmed, 25 and previously of Forest Gate in Newham, London, denied attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent but was found guilty following a trial.

He was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Wednesday 21 August to six years imprisonment.

The sentence will be served consecutively to a nine year sentence Ahmed is serving for possessing class A and B drugs with intent to supply and firearms offences.

Violent offender

Detective Constable Karen Hearn, Kent Police’s investigating officer for the case, said: ‘Ahmed’s actions show him to be an excessively violent and dangerous offender capable of causing serious harm without provocation.

‘There are no mitigating circumstances for his actions and it is fortunate the victim was not more seriously injured. I am pleased that justice has now been secured.’

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