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Convicted rapist has sentenced extended after attack on woman prison officer

Liam McCarthy Credit: West Midlands Police

A convicted rapist has had 32 months added to his sentence after trapping and attacking a female prison guard in his cell.

Liam McCarthy, 28, was serving a 17-year sentence at HMP Littlehey, Huntingdon, at the time of the attack.

The court heard how the guard entered McCarthy’s cell to complete a routine inspection before he grabbed her throat and choked her.

Before other guards could intervene, McCarthy barricaded the door shut with a wardrobe and other items.

Shortly afterwards, guards managed to force their way into the cell to find McCarthy shirtless on top of the victim.

She was not seriously injured but was extremely shaken and upset.

He pleaded guilty today (19 June) to false imprisonment and causing actual bodily harm at Peterborough Crown Court.

“This vicious attack could have continued had the victim’s colleagues not intervened. Today’s result means that this violent individual will not be free to harm the public for a long time.”

– Detective Constable Tom Nuttall

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Man arrested in connection with Northampton murder

Daniel Fitzjohn

A man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a man in Northampton.

Daniel Fitzjohn, 34, died last Thursday following an incident in Brookfield Road and Randall Road, in the Kingsley area.

A 27-year-old man from Wolverhampton has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in police custody.

Police are still keen to hear from anyone with information, or anyone who noticed anything suspicious in the area at about 9.45pm on Thursday, to contact them.

They would particularly like to hear from anyone who saw a silver or grey soft-top mini in the area around the time of the incident.

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