Jail mutiny duo get longer terms

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JAIL terms totalling nine years have been handed to two men who staged a mutiny when they were incarcerated in Doncaster.

Nathan Mark Livesey and Lee Hirst caused more than £7,000 worth of damage during the six hour siege in a classroom at Moorland Young Offenders’ Institution last March.

Other inmates were held hostage and a female teacher was terrified by the ordeal, although she was released early on.

Hirst, aged 21, and Livesey, 20, were each locked up for three years and nine months – with two years concurrent for false imprisonment of other inmates at Moorland – after admitting the rare charge of prison mutiny. Hirst received an additional consecutive term of 18 months because he admitted a house burglary committed before he was sent to Moorland in January.

Livesey, who is serving an indefinite sentence for the manslaughter of a taxi driver in his home city of Manchester, would not be eligible for parole until 2018 but will then start the new term imposed yesterday at Doncaster Crown Court.

The case had been adjourned from last week so Judge Jacqueline Davies could be provided with more information about the manslaughter.

She had heard how Hirst started the mutiny by throwing a table and damaging furniture after he was reprimanded by teacher Sarah Humphreys for messing about in a diversity class.

Ms Humphreys was allowed to leave the room but other inmates were held against their will and threatened that they would be stabbed or have their fingers cut off by broken glass from a smashed television.

Judge Davies told the pair: “It was a sustained incident in which extreme threats were made and extensive damage was caused. There was an element of hostage-taking which cannot be ignored. It was a terrifying incident for everyone concerned.”