HMP Whitemoor prisoner given another life sentence for stabbing inmate

David Watts' makeshift weapon Credit: Cambridgeshire police

A prisoner at Whitemoor Prison in March, Cambridgeshire has been given a further life sentence for stabbing an inmate in the neck with a makeshift weapon.

43-year-old David Watts stabbed the 61-year-old inmate in June 2015.

Earlier this week he was sentenced to life with a minimum term of six years and a further 18 months to run concurrently.

"While the victim has physically recovered from his injuries, he is still suffering psychologically by what happened. He showed great bravery in putting his trust in us; he felt he wouldn’t be believed or supported because he is a serving prisoner. Regardless of who a victim may be and what their past is, we take all crime seriously and will seek to prosecute those responsible for such violent actions."

– Det Con Emily Nutton

Watts was already serving a life sentence for wounding with intent as well as a burglary in 2001.

Then in 2010 he was further convicted of the attempted murder of an inmate and was issued another life sentence.

“Watts thought he was untouchable, saying ‘what do you think you can do to me, I’m already in prison’ when I informed him of the charges – I hope this sentence goes as a warning to others that no one is above the law.”

– Det Con Emily Nutton