Sheffield cash machine thug attacked prisoner

Adalah Osman
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A VIOLENT criminal jailed for smashing up cash machines in Sheffield - causing £30,000 of damage - has been locked up again for nine years after he hurled boiling water over another prisoner.

Adalah Osman, aged 29, launched an unprovoked attack on fellow inmate Steven Morley in Doncaster Prison, which could leave his victim scarred for life, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

Laura Marshall, prosecuting, said Osman was sentenced to three years last January for damaging 17 city centre cashpoints at eight banks.

Osman handed himself in at West Bar police station while holding an eight-inch scaffolding tube, saying he had smashed up the ATMs.

Ms Marshall said officers found the display screen and keyboard on each machine had been smashed.

Osman committed the attack on Morley at lunchtime on December 6.

The pair were serving time in the same wing, and Ms Marshall said Osman was filling his flask from a boiler, while Morley waited to wash his dinner plate.

Ms Marshall said: “Osman turned and threw the contents of the flask at Morley.

“Morley ran away, slipping initially in the water. Osman chased him, holding the flask which still contained water.”

Ms Marshall said the pair were separated by guards.

Osman, a Sudanese asylum seeker, was granted leave to remain in the UK until March 2013, the court heard, but wants to return to his home country.

In interview, he said attacking Morley - a former soldier in his early 30s jailed for growing cannabis - was ‘a crazy idea’.

Osman, of Callow Drive, Gleadless, was convicted of wounding with intent.

Judge Rosalind Coe QC said: “Violence in prison is something the courts take a very serious view of. Only immediate custody is justified.”