A PRISONER who assaulted an officer at HMP Woodhill, Milton Keynes has had an extra 18 months added to the life sentence he was already serving.

Charlie Pearce, 20, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm without intent when he appeared at Aylesbury Crown Court on Friday, September 4.

He was sentenced at the same hearing.

The attack happened on September 5 last year when Pearce punched a prison officer shattering his jaw.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Lynda Stearman, based at Milton Keynes police station, said: “This was an unprovoked attack on a prison officer who was just doing his job.

“As a result of Pearce’s actions, the victim sustained serious jaw injuries that required surgery.

“I am satisfied that Pearce pleaded guilty and will now have to serve additional time in prison.”

Prisons Minister, Lucy Frazer QC MP, said: “Violence against our hardworking staff will never be tolerated and those who attack prison officers can expect to face the maximum possible punishment.

“We are giving our officers tools like PAVA pepper spray and body-worn cameras to make their jobs safer.”

*Pearce was already serving a life sentence with a minimum of 11 years following a conviction for attempted murder and rape in February 2018.