A life prisoner slashed child killer Mark Bridger from temple to chin, severing an artery, to get him to reveal where April Jones’s body was hidden, a court heard today.
Convicted murderer and rapist Juvinal Ferreira, 24, attacked Bridger with a knife fashioned out of a razor at the top security Wakefield Prison in July.
He was sentenced to a second life sentence at Leeds Crown Court and had five years added to his minimum term, meaning he will not be released before 2036.
Ferreira, who was born in Guinea and grew up in Gambia, previously admitted wounding with intent.
Ferreira and other life prisoners had talked about attacking Bridger to make him reveal the whereabouts of April’s body, police were told.
Jonathan Sharp, prosecuting, said: “He said that Bridger’s crime had been discussed, and he claimed people had suggested that if Bridger was attacked, rather than say befriended, Bridger would then be more likely to reveal where April Jones’s body was.”
The premeditated attack happened three days after Bridger was allowed to associate with other prisoners. Bridger needed 30 stitches.