A former Full Sutton prisoner bit one officer in the chest before trying to gouge another’s eye out during a row over milk, a court heard.

Simeon Langford, 36, allegedly smashed windows with pool balls after he was told he could not have soy milk before allegedly biting an officer after being tackled to the ground.

He is also accused of grabbing an officer in a headlock before attempting to gouge his eye out and allegedly shouting ‘I will f***ing kill you’ in a separate incident, Hull Crown Court heard.

Langford, who is now locked up at HMP Wakefield, appearing in court to stand trial after denying two counts of common assault, two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily and one count of threats to kill.

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Prosecuting barrister Alexander Menary told the jury that the series of attacks first began in March 2018, where Langford allegedly said he would ‘bring war to the wing’ after an argument over soy milk.

Mr Menary said: “The defendant was told he would no longer be given soy milk from the canteen and instead he would have to pay for it.

“He became irate and began issuing threats saying he would ‘bring war to the wing’ and would do something about it if he didn’t receive what he was entitled to.”

CCTV footage showed Langford picking up a couple of pool balls from a nearby table and started throwing them at windows in the kitchen, allegedly saying 'if the prison don't pay for the milk they can pay for the windows'.

“The defendant then armed himself with a pool cue which one of the officer tried to grab”, Mr Menary continued. "The defendant then punched the officer causing him to lose his grip."

Two more officers arrived on scene and one tackled Langford to the ground. After rolling around on the floor Langford was laid on top of the tackling officer who is said to have shouted ‘he’s biting me, he’s biting me’.

One officer, who was struck by Langford after grabbing the pool cue, says he punched Langford in the head so he could "release his bite".

He then threw two more punches at Langford as he allegedly tried to bite the hands of officers who attempted to restrain him.

HMP Full Sutton holds some of the country's most 'dangerous and difficult' criminals
HMP Full Sutton holds some of the country's most 'dangerous and difficult' criminals

This altercation then sparked a second attack one month later with an officer who filed a written report of the incident of March 21.

Langford is said to have applied a headlock so tight that the officer felt he could hear a "twisting or crunching noise" that sounded like his "windpipe being crushed".

“An officer was on duty at the entrance of the chapel, taking names of prisoners attending prayers on that afternoon,” said Mr Menary.

“He had been Mr Langford’s personal officer at the time of the assault and had written a report about the assault.

“The officer felt a punch to the right side of his face and as he turned he saw the defendant throw a forceful blow which connected with his nose.

“The officer struggled and kept held his head down as the defendant grabbed him in a headlock and began to squeeze.

“The defendants shouted ‘say s*** about me will you, write s*** about me will you’. A couple of references to the report the officer had written.”

“The defendant used his other hand and forced his thumb or finger into the officer’s right eye. The officer described the pain as incredible and panicked thinking his eye was going to be torn out.

“The officer described he could no longer shout or make any noise as he was unable to breathe. He could hear a twisting or crunching noise, thinking it was his windpipe being crushed.”

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Langford is then alleged to have shouted "you don’t write lies about me you scumbag. I will f***ing kill you see what happens. You lie about me you get it."

After a struggle, Mr Menary says the officer had to grab Langford by his testicles to force him to release the grip before making an escape.

Four months later, Langford is said to have spat at a police officer who attended Full Sutton to investigate both incidents, which led to a charge of common assault.

Langford denies all five charges claiming he acted in self-defence after officers attacked him first and denying he spat at the investigating officer.

The trial continues.

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