An inmate who threw faeces at a prison officer has been jailed for a further 14 months.

Mohammed Omar, 21, pleaded guilty at Bournemouth Crown Court to administering a poison or noxious thing with intent to injure, aggrieve or annoy and criminal damage. He was sentenced on Friday 23 March 2018.

The case related to an incident of what is known as ‘potting’, a term given to inmates throwing urine or excrement over prison staff.

At around 10.50am on Sunday 21 January 2018 at HMP YOI Portland, Omar approached a female prison officer carrying a container concealed by his clothing. It contained faeces, which he threw at the prison officer, hitting her in the face.

She was temporarily blinded by the substance, some of which went into her mouth. Office equipment was also damaged by the faeces.

Omar is currently serving an eight-year prison sentence for an offence of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and possession of a bladed article in a public place. His new sentence will be served consecutive to his current jail term.

Inspector Tony Burden, of Dorset Police, said: “This was a horrible incident for the victim to endure, particularly as she was simply trying to do her job in what can be difficult and challenging circumstances.

“We will robustly investigate any such incident and work closely with the Prison Service to protect prison officers from these types of crimes and bring offenders such as Omar to justice.”

Prisons Minister Rory Stewart said: “Prison officers are dedicated and courageous public servants, we owe them a huge debt of gratitude for their work.

“We will not tolerate any assault on them and we are currently looking to increase sentences for anyone that does. We will always push for the strongest possible punishment. I am committed to making sure that our prisons are orderly, controlled, safe and decent spaces to support rehabilitation and protect the public.”