A prisoner on duty fractured a warden’s nose by punching him in the face at a Derbyshire jail.

Savannah Ward was serving more than eight years indoors for a wild street attack when the incident happened at HMP Foston.

In a victim impact statement, the principal, a mother, said she felt “violated” that Ward assaulted her as she did when she was just doing her job.

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The defendant, also known as Santana Ward, punched the victim as he fought with a fellow prisoner at the jail, Derby Crown Court heard.

A further ten months have been added to his eight-year-and-three-month sentence for leaving a Birmingham woman with a catastrophic brain injury.

Recorder Simon Gurney said: “The impact on her (the prison officer) was profound.

“In her victim impact statement, she said she felt violated and it had shaken her confidence.

“She is still off work for treatment and has had to go to hospital four times. She is a single mother and takes care of her elderly mother.

“Although it was a punch you were wasting for a fight and not listening. But I accept it was impulsive, short lived and not aimed at the officer.”

The sentencing hearing was told how in April 2020 Ward, then 23 and of Wyley Road, Aston, Birmingham, was jailed at Birmingham Crown Court alongside co-defendant Atiyyah Gidden, 21 , of Grosvenor Road, Aston, reports DerbyshireLive.

Their trial heard how the couple launched a gruesome attack on another woman in Birmingham city centre.

This jury heard how the 20-year-old victim ‘dropped like a stone’ when she was punched by an assailant and had to be placed in an induced coma for two weeks.

Audiences in Derby heard that after being jailed, Ward was inside HMP Foston Hall in Foston, south Derbyshire, and on September 1 last year she started arguing in his wing with a fellow prisoner.

Prosecutor Elizabeth Power said officers arrived to clear up the situation, but the women would not calm down.

She said the victim, who has 26 years of service, tried to intervene but Ward ‘swayed’ and gave ‘a hard punch’ to the other woman who missed but made contact with the officer.

Recorder Gurney said: “She suffered a displaced broken nose and facial disfigurement.”

The victim logged on remotely for the sentencing hearing and at the end of it, she typed a message to the court which read: “Thank you for your time and I hope this will be closed for me.”

During his trial in Birmingham in 2020, the jury heard how the victim took a bus with a friend in the city in May 2019.

They had sat down in front of the defendants who were with a group of other people.

Both groups got off at Priory Queensway and down Corporation Street before turning into Bull Street.

At one point there was an exchange between them and then Gidden was captured on CCTV running full speed towards the victim.

John O’Higgins, prosecuting, said: “Gidden delivered a flying kick which we believe hit his head.

“At the same time, Ward punched her in the head and she fell to the ground like a stone with no defense mechanism.

“She was lying on the ground, motionless, and Ward then hit her on the head and punched her head and stomach.”

Both women were convicted of assault causing grievous bodily harm.



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