Prosecutor Julian Lynch, during the 22-year-old's sentencing at Oxford Crown Court, said prison guard Nigel Mason had been bringing Travers breakfast and had poured 'boiling or near boiling' water into his cup when the inmate flung it at the man's face.
Mr Lynch said: "The guard was relatively fortunate in that he was scolded (sic) in the face but there was no permanent physical damage."Clearly, a criminal's right to a hot cuppa trumps health and safety in our cosseted prison system...
He said Travers, originally of Veryan Court, London but currently serving in prison for harassment, then tried to block entry to his cell and when officers got in they found him holding a pen and 'making a stabbing motion.'
After refusing to drop the impromptu weapon, he had to be struck twice by guards with their batons before relinquishing it.Heh!
Laban Leake, in mitigation, said Travers had expressed 'genuine remorse' and experienced a 'moment of madness' due to the prisoner in the cell next to his 'engaging in a dirty protest'.
He added: "My client did not intend to injure the guard, who he previously had a good relationship with."Yeah, sure.
Judge Peter Ross, sentencing Travers to 32 months in prison for one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, said he had 'very real concerns' about the danger he posed.
A further 15 months was added for one count of affray, which will be served concurrently, after his current sentence has ended.Shouldn't this be 'consecutively' then?