Earl Pinnock of No5 Chambers defends HMP Birmingham attack inmate

Earl Pinnock of No5 Chambers has defended Ahmed Al-Sharif, 53, a prisoner at HMP Birmingham, who has been given an indefinite hospital order after attacking three officers with parts of a broken TV screen.

After a trial in January, he was found guilty of two charges of wounding with intent and two charges of assault. The court heard that he suffered from a serious mental illness and his behaviour was becoming difficult to manage. He attacked officers with the glass when they came into his cell to give him lunch.

Recorder Steve Evans said that without treatment Al-Sharif would represent a ‘real danger to the public’. Pinnock said it was hoped that he could eventually be managed in the community.