A Derbyshire prisoner, who is serving more than eight years inside for a savage street attack, fractured an officer’s nose with a vicious punch while behind bars.

In a victim impact statement, the mother said she felt “violated” that Savannah Ward assaulted her like she did when she was just doing her job at HMP Foston Hall.

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

Now she has had 10 more months added to the eight years and three months she is currently serving for leaving a Birmingham woman with a catastrophic brain injury.

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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 required four hospital visits.

“She is a single mother and takes care of her elderly mother.

“Although it’s a punch, you’re wasting for a fight and you’re not listening.

“But I agree 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.

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.

This week’s hearing in Derby heard that after being jailed, Ward was inside HMP Foston Hall and on September 1 last year she started arguing in her 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 floor, 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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