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Prisoner cleared of biting guards

PUBLISHED: 14:18 27 September 2018 | UPDATED: 14:18 27 September 2018

HMP Highpoint. Picture: MATTHEW USHER

HMP Highpoint. Picture: MATTHEW USHER

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An prisoner at a Suffolk jail accused of biting two guards on the day he was due to be released has been cleared by a jury.

Before Ipswich Crown Court was Alex Cabey, 33, of no fixed address, who claimed he reacted in the way he did because the officers were being “heavy handed” with him.

Giving evidence during his trial, Cabey admitted biting the officers but claimed the level of restraint used by them had been “over the top”.

“My intention wasn’t to cause harm to anyone I just felt they were being very heavy handed,” he said.

Cabey was a serving prisoner at HMP Highpoint at Stradishall in May when he allegedly became aggressive while waiting for his release to be processed.

He allegedly ignored requests to wait in his cell and when an officer took hold of his arm Cabey allegedly started struggling and ended up on the floor.

He allegedly bit one officer on the arm and another on the wrist and grabbed another officer by the throat.

Cabey denied two offences of assault causing actual bodily harm and one offence of common assault and was cleared of all three.

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