Prison sentence extended for drug trafficker for assaulting prison guard
A drug dealer who was jailed for a massive cocaine recovery in Aberdeen has had another year added to his sentence for assaulting two prison guards.
Jed Duncan assaulted an HMP Perth officer, leaving him bruised and swollen.
Months earlier, the 25-year-old had attacked a prison officer while in Addiewell Prison in West Lothian.
Perth Sheriff’s Court learned on Friday that he had gone wild because he believed staff refused to give him a job because he was from Aberdeen.
Duncan appeared by video conference and admitted the two assaults and two counts of cell phone possession behind bars.
It followed a police undercover operation targeting serious crimes in Aberdeen, which linked Duncan to £ 36,000 of Class A cocaine.
Duncan admitted to being concerned about the provision of the Class A drug between November 4 and 6, 2020.
Tax MP David Currie told Perth Sheriff Court on Friday about the initial incident at HMP Addiewell on June 6, 2019, when Duncan was in jail on another matter.
He said Duncan approached the prison guards at the reception.
Duncan asked them if he could find a job as a “passman” – which would put him in charge of maintaining and cleaning part of the prison – but he was turned down.
Mr Currie said: ‘He walked away and kicked a trash can in anger.
“Prison officer Josh Ewing followed Mr. Duncan.
“He asked her to calm down but Mr. Duncan refused.
“The accused then punched Mr. Ewing on the left side of the face.
“Mr. Ewing summoned other officers to help him.
“The accused continued to struggle and was placed in segregation.”
A few days later, the guards searched Duncan in his cell and recovered a cell phone that was hidden in his shorts.
Mr Currie said that in December 2019 Duncan was transferred to HMP Perth.
“Prison officer Craig Stewart observed the accused trying to hide something in his pocket.
“He challenged him about it and told him he was going to be searched.
“The accused seemed calm at first, but then seemed to be swallowing something.
“Mr. Stewart got in touch with the accused. ”
Duncan responded by pushing Mr. Stewart and punching him on the head and body, resulting in his injury.
“Mr. Stewart activated his personal alarm to alert other officers,” Mr. Currie said.
“Mr. Stewart was seen to have redness under his left eye and bruising on his upper right shoulder.”
Following the assault, Duncan was searched and it was discovered that he was holding a cell phone.
Banter to be Aberdonian
Defense officer Andrew Ormiston said his client had transferred to Addiewell from HMP Grampian in Peterhead.
“There were a number of jokes between Mr. Duncan and the prison staff that he was an Aberdonian,” he said.
“He felt that he had been refused a job because he was not a local. That’s what got things started. “
Sheriff Neil Bowie told Duncan: “There is clearly no alternative to custodial sentences.
“Prison officers have the right to expect that they will perform their duties without being assaulted.”
Duncan was sentenced to an additional 12 months, which will continue after his current prison term.
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