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Man who jumped on Aylesbury prison officer's head jailed for life

Xeneral Webster attacked the officer after he was told he couldn't go back to his cell.

Published by Dan Gooding at 10:43am 4th March 2020. 4-minute read.

Man who jumped on Aylesbury prison officer's head jailed for life

A man already serving time for an acid attack in High Wycombe has been given more jail time, after attacked an Aylesbury prison officer.

Xeneral Webster pleaded guilty to Section 18 grievous bodily harm with intent at Oxford Crown Court on 4 October last year.

“The victim went to work that morning as a prison officer and left in an ambulance with injuries that will affect him for the rest of his life."

At the same hearing, Webster, who's 21 and from HMP Winchester, pleaded not guilty to a further acid attack in London.

He was found guilty by a unanimous jury verdict a week later.

Webster had also earlier pleaded guilty on 16 August 2019 to a further assault by beating and administering a poison/noxious substance with intent after he threw urine in the face of a prison officer at HMP Bullingdon and slapped another officer in the face in July 2018.

The Aylesbury attack

Aylesbury Prison
Webster attacked a prison officer at HMYOI Aylesbury

The GBH conviction was in connection with an incident at 9am on 29 December 2018 at HMYOI Aylesbury.

Webster was due to go outside for recreational time, but attempted to go back to his cell, which was not permitted.

Webster climbed over safety netting, and when apprehended by a prison officer, a man aged 50, he assaulted him, causing him to fall to the floor.

While the officer was on the floor, Webster launched a sustained and violent attack on the prison officer, jumping on his head with both feet and repeatedly kicking him to the upper body and head.

'A highly dangerous offender'

Jo rand
Jo Rand died after an acid attack carried out by Webster in 2017

The prison officer sustained serious head and facial injuries and has undergone multiple surgeries, including facial reconstruction.

It is unknown whether the officer will regain the sight in one eye and he is unable to return to work as a prison officer.

Webster was given a life sentence for his crimes.

Webster was already serving an extended 20-year prison sentence following a conviction for manslaughter.

This related to an acid attack which resulted in the death of Joanne Rand, aged 47, in High Wycombe, on 3 June 2017.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Suzie Price of Force CID based at Aylesbury, said:

“Webster is a highly dangerous offender and I hope that this sentence goes some way to reassuring the public that police and courts will take robust actions when dealing with individuals like this.

“The victim went to work that morning as a prison officer and left in an ambulance with injuries that will affect him for the rest of his life.

“The trial judge, Peter Ross, highlighted the life-changing impact of the injuries caused to the victim and concluded that Webster poses significant danger.

“The injuries caused to the victim have been utterly life-changing. This sort of violence in prisons has a corrosive effect on both prisoners and officers and such violence undermines the order that prison attempts to impose.”

Webster will only be released when the parole board considers that he is safe, and he will remain on licence for life.

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