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Notorious inmate Charles Bronson threatened to gouge prison governor’s eyes out, court hears

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A prison governor has told how notorious inmate Charles Bronson attacked him and threatened to gouge his eyes out before a welfare meeting.

Bronson, 65, is charged with attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent to Mark Docherty at HMP Wakefield on 25 January.

Mr Docherty told Leeds Crown Court how the prisoner became violent after holding him responsible for one of his visitors being banned from using their own wheelchair.

Giving evidence on Tuesday, the governor described his relationship with Bronson, who is standing under trial under the name Charles Salvador, as being “not good”.

He explained how he was due to meet Bronson in order to discuss his “welfare and engagement” within the prison system.

He added that Bronson “never” attended such meetings and that a psychologist, members of an independent monitoring board, probation and a personal officer were all due to attend.

Describing the moment he invited Bronson into the adjudication room to begin proceedings, the governor said: “I could see Mr Salvador look to draw a punch or to grab me by the neck.

“I have not had the chance to move so I got hold of Mr Salvador’s arm as it’s come round my neck.

“As I grabbed hold of his arm I went back into the chair and I think the momentum of me and Mr Salvador heading in the same direction meant I fell to the floor and Mr Salvador fell on top of me.”

Giving further details of the alleged attack, he added: “He was just squashing my face. I could hear him say ‘I will take your f****** eyes out’.”

He said that with the aid of a custodial manager and a number of his colleagues, Bronson was eventually pulled away.

The court heard how Bronson warned HMP Wakefield’s governing governor, David Harding, that he would “be next” as he was led out of the room.

The prisoner, who has served over 40 years behind bars, is defending himself and denies a single charge of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent.

When asked whether he could see Mr Docherty well enough from his seat in the dock, Bronson said: “I don’t really want to see him, but yes.”

Bronson was convicted of armed robbery in 1974, aged 22, and was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment.

He has spent additional time behind bars due to attacks on prisons and guards and has become known as one of Britain’s most violent prisoners.

He has spent periods detained in the Rampton, Broadmoor and Ashworth high-security psychiatric hospital, and is currently at Frankland prison in County Durham.

The trial is expected to conclude this week.

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