Prisoner Held Man at Knifepoint for 44 Hours after Criticism of His Art
Home, Ian Burrell, The Independent (London, England)
A HIGH-SECURITY prisoner took a jail education manager hostage at knifepoint, tied him up and held him captive during a 44-hour siege, a court was told yesterday.
The prisoner, Charles Bronson, 47, later put a skipping rope around the neck of his victim and led him around the barricaded wing at Hull jail, while brandishing a spear made from the knife and a broom handle, it was claimed.
In extraordinary scenes at Luton Crown Court yesterday, Bronson was surrounded in the dock by six prison officers. Wearing darkened glasses and sporting an eight-inch long handlebar moustache and a black sports T-shirt, the category A prisoner is conducting his own defence. He faces four charges in relation to the alleged incident between 31 January and 4 February last year - falsely imprisoning, assaulting and threatening to kill Philip Danielson, and causing criminal damage to Prison Service property. Bronson denies all the charges,
Giving evidence, Mr Danielson said he had been "paralysed with fear" during the incident. He said he was attacked while visiting the jail's A wing, where five inmates were being guarded by three prison officers. He was threatened with a knife and pushed to the ground where his ankles were tied together. The education manager was allegedly told "take your last breath because the knife is going in you".
Mr Danielson told the court: "I can remember feeling very, very angry. I was horrified that no one had come in to get me. I felt at the time, totally abandoned." Mr Danielson said Bronson then carried him into the centre of the ground floor of the wing. "He physically picked me up off the floor, tied. I had this feeling that I was above his head but I had my eyes closed because I was so frightened."
David McGonigal, for the prosecution, told the jury the incident was believed to have been prompted by Mr Danielson's criticism of some of Bronson's artwork. …