Moment inmates stab guard with twisted piece of metal after luring him into cupboard while wearing fake suicide vests

CCTV of the moment a prison guard was lured into a cupboard by two lags wearing fake suicide vests in a jail "terror attack" has been shown to jurors.

Brusthom Ziamani, 25, and radicalised Baz Hockton, 26, allegedly used an arsenal of makeshift weapons to slash at Neil Trundle at HMP Whitemoor, Cambs.


The pair launched themselves at the guard in the "terror attack" after being motivated by "extremist Islamic ideology", it was said.

Jurors heard they duped Mr Trundle into getting a spoon so his back was turned during the "carefully planned and executed" attack.

Footage shown at the Old Bailey today showed the pair luring the guard to a cupboard before bundling him inside.

They then allegedly using a homemade "shank" and two other makeshift "metal stabbing implements" to hack at the guard.

Mr Trundle was attacked in the head, upper chest and neck areas as he frantically shouted for help during the assault in January, it was said.

Recalling the alleged attack today, Mr Trundle said: "Before I knew it I was on the floor on my back. I wasn't sure how I ended up on the floor. I did not know what position I was in but I was on the floor and I was being attacked."

Mr Trundle, who has been a prison officer for more than 14 years, said he raised his arms to protect his face and called for help.

He added: "I felt pressure on my body as if people were lying on my body. I could feel stabs, especially to my head at this precise moment. I could still feel little bits of stinging.

"I did not know who was on me or how many was on me but I did notice when that person or persons left. I noticed when they came back again and attacked me a second time.

"I did not see any weapons. I could feel blows coming down on me.

"During the attack I was laying on my back and I was trying to kick out. The kicking out made it more difficult for them."


He added: "I did not realise how bad the damage was to myself until I went to the hospital and looked in the mirror."

A nurse and another prison officer were allegedly attacked and injured by convicted terrorist Ziamani as they rushed to help their colleague.

Ziamani is then accused of opening his jacket to expose a fake suicide vest before claiming "I've got a bomb".

Meanwhile, Hockton chased and "violently confronted" another prison officer, the court heard.

Jurors were told it took five or six officers to restrain Ziamani, who was laughing and muttering "Allahu Akbar" before the belt was cut off him.

When asked about the device, he allegedly told an officer: "I just wish it was real. It's a suicide belt.".

The court was told both belts were made using batteries, pressurised cans, elastic from a pair of boxers and bottles.

'I COULD FEEL THE BLOOD'

Prison officer Georgina Ibbotson told jurors she feared for her life when "hyped up" Ziamani came at her.

She told jurors Ziamani had also asked her to fetch a spoon from the store cupboard which gave her a "gut feeling".

When she later heard the alarm sounding, she rushed to find both lags "really hyped up and full of adrenaline".

She told the court: "Mr Ziamani punched me in the face. It was as hard as he could. It was really like a big shock, mostly. I fell to my knees."

The officer added: "I could feel the blood dripping down my face. I did not know how bad my injuries were. I feared for my life."

Prosecutor Annabel Darlow QC told the court yesterday how both defendants were "motivated to commit the attack by extremist Islamic ideology".

She told jurors Hockton had registered his Islamic faith at HMP Whitemoor but that had been "corrupted into extremism".

A note on a scrap of brown envelope found in Hockton's cell included the line: "Can't stand anything in uniform and if I see a cop on the wing I'm stick a spike in his head like a unicorn." (sic)

A four-page hand-written letter found on Ziamani spelled out his "expectation of immediate martyrdom", jurors heard.

The jury was told Ziamani was jailed in 2015 for plotting to behead a British soldier in a Lee Rigby-style murder.

Ziamani – who was converted to Islam in the spring of 2014 – was arrested by cops with a ‘toolkit of terror’ in his rucksack including a 12-inch knife and hammer.

The pair deny attempted murder while Hockton has admitted an alternative charge of wounding with intent.

Ziamani has admitted the unlawful assault of the nurse and prison officer who tried to intervene.

The trial continues.


 

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