Caged murderer caused £32k damage to cells because ‘toilet was too close to bed’

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A vile killer jailed for life for the horrific murder and attempted rape of a pensioner in a care home has trashed cells at a high security prison to get "revenge" for the way he was being treated.

Scott Sorby caused £32,000 worth of damage during his rampage because he was "fixated" by the belief that the toilet was too close the bed.

Hull Crown Court heard he was upset at being put on a basic regime at Full Sutton Prison after wrecking the property of another inmate in June last year, HullLive reports.

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But he went on to damage two further cells just weeks later. The total repair bill amounted to £32,063.

Sorby, 32, appeared before the court via a video link and admitted three offences of criminal damage in cells.

Stephen Welch, prosecuting, said: "It was a revenge attack.

"The defendant has done this because he was unhappy about his treatment by the prison."

Victoria Smith-Swain, mitigating, said that Sorby – who is serving a 24-year jail term for battering a 94-year-old woman and trying to rape her after breaking into her care home in 2011 – had struggled to regulate his emotions and his problems with certain prison cells.

He was "fixated" with the idea that a toilet in his cell was too close to the bed.

"He struggles with certain environments," she said. "There was an intention to cause very serious damage to property."

Sorby wanted to express his regret to the prison and to taxpayers for the "wasted costs" in repairing the damage. "He wishes to express his remorse," said Miss Smith-Swain.

"Since these offences, he has been putting a lot of effort into addressing his behaviour. There have been no further incidents in the last 10 months. He is doing his best to try to change his behaviour."

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Judge John Thackray QC told Sorby: "This is taxpayers' money. This money could have been used for the most vulnerable in society but, instead, the money has been spent on repairing the devastation that you caused.

"There is an element of revenge, certainly shades of revenge. There was an intention to cause very serious damage. At the time of these offences, you were in low mood and finding your circumstances difficult."

Sorby was jailed for two years, to run consecutively to the minimum 24 years that he is serving for murder.

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