Prisoner threw boiling water over inmate and raped him

By John Mercury December 17, 2023

A prisoner at HMP Winchester who poured boiling water over a fellow inmate before beating and raping him has been jailed for 12 years.

Robert Reynolds threw boiling water from a kettle at the victim, causing burns to his back and face, before punching and kicking him during the attack in July 2021.

The 29-year-old then raped and sexually assaulted the man, who was in his 20s at the time, Salisbury Crown Court heard.

The victim was initially treated at the prison before being taken to a specialist burns unit in hospital. He later reported the incident.

Reynolds, now serving time at HMP Bullingdon, was found guilty on Wednesday following a five-day trial, having denied grievous bodily harm with intent, two counts of rape and a sexual assault.

Police described the victim, who has since been released from prison, as “vulnerable” and said he is still affected both physically and mentally by the attack.

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Detective Sergeant Harry Wilson said: “This was a horrific attack on a vulnerable man in a prison.

“While the victim has since left prison, he continues to deal with the physical and mental impact of what happened to him.

“This was a difficult and long investigation and I hope this shows that we will work closely with the prison to investigate any criminal offences that occur there.”

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