An inmate jailed for severely shaking a baby leaving him with brain damage has been attacked by other prisoners.
Nigel Newton, 23, was set upon in the exercise yard of HMP Hull days amid shouts of ‘baby-killer’ and had to be taken to the Royal Hull Infirmary, according to the Hull Daily Mail.
He is said to have suffered a swollen eye and had a cut inside his mouth and was given an X-ray on his skull to monitor for cheekbone fractures.
During his trial at Hull Crown Court, Newton for causing grievous bodily harm with intent he was described as ‘truly wicked’.
A family friend who chose to remain anonymous told the newspaper: ‘Nigel said afterwards he had gone out in the yard because some sort of fire had broken out inside the prison.
‘That’s when a bloke came up to him saying ‘you f****** b******, you killed a baby’, and hit him straight in the face.
‘Then two other guys joined in and started hitting him. He is not a baby killer.’
On Tuesday, July 4, Newton was found guilty of ‘vigorously shaking’ the infant, who was less than a year old.
The baby was found in a ‘reduced state of consciousness, having a seizure, pale, with breathing difficulties’ with bleeding inside his skull and burst blood vessels in his eyes.
Following the attack on Newton over the weekend, the female source close to the family believes it could have been prevented had prison guards been present in the yard.
‘We asked Nigel why the guards didn’t help and he said there weren’t any around.
‘They were all inside the prison dealing with the fire and the prisoners had all been left outside.
‘The family are disgusted he has been allowed to be attacked.’
Newton is currently awaiting sentencing and is due to appear at Hull Crown Court again on Friday.
The Ministry of Justice were unable to provide a comment.
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