Inmate jailed for makeshift plate assault

Micah Buckle
Micah Buckle

A serving prisoner has been jailed for a further five years after attacking a fellow inmate with a DIY knuckleduster.

Micah Buckle, 30, used a broken plate, wrapped round with tape, as he rained blows to the head of Rafiq Khan in the kitchen at HMP Kirkham.

The court in 2011 found you to be a dangerous offender and your behaviour in February last year demonstrates the assertion that the crown court was absolutely correct

Buckle was coming towards the end of a nine-year stretch for robbery when he attacked Khan – claiming he was ‘tackling the prisoner over bullying on the wing’.

Preston Crown Court heard on February 16 last year Khan was in the kitchen when Buckle punched him around 10 times to the head.

As he looked down, he noticed the tape wrapped around his attacker’s knuckles.

In the wake of the attack Khan went to the toilets where he saw blood pouring from his head.

He pressed the panic button on the wing and security guards came to his aid.

Khan was taken to Royal Preston Hospital where cuts to his face, nose and scalp were dressed with surgical glue and steristrips.

He also had six stitches to his ear.

Buckle denied he had attacked Khan but said he had found the broken porcelain on the floor and had put it in a bin in the courtyard.

However he later pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

He told officers he had gone to remonstrate with Khan because he was tired of being bullied by him.

But when he arrived in the kitchen a fight broke out and he used the weapon when Khan started getting the better of him.

Judge Christopher Cornwall, sentencing, said: “You are sentenced on this basis of a plea, albeit I imagine if Mr Khan knew of it he would take objection to it.

“You were nearing the end of the custodial element of your sentence when you were involved in this incident and the consequence was that you were not released in July last year when the custodial term expired.

“The court in 2011 found you to be a dangerous offender and your behaviour in February last year demonstrates the assertion that the crown court was absolutely correct.”

He sentenced Buckle to five years and eight months for the attack on Khan.