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Man headbutted murderer in jail dispute

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Image caption Matthew Pope was jailed for life for murder in 2014

A Perth Prison inmate attacked a murderer as part of a territorial jail dispute and left him scarred for life, a court heard.

Convicted drug dealer Shaun Lang headbutted Matthew Pope, leaving him requiring nine stitches.

A court heard the men clashed during a dispute between inmates from the east coast and Lang, from North Lanarkshire.

Lang was sentenced to nine months in jail to run alongside his current four-and-a-half -year sentence.

The 25-year-old attacked Pope while they worked out in the prison gym and was subsequently assaulted in return by a gang of inmates from Dundee.

Pope, 24, was jailed for life in 2014 after being convicted of beating Michael Given to death at a flat in Dundee.

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Image caption The court was shown footage of the two men arguing in Perth Prison gym

Perth Sheriff Court was shown CCTV footage of the two men arguing before stepping out of the gym.

Lang then ran at Pope and headbutted him.

Depute fiscal John Malpass said the injury was so deep that it breached the muscle and two internal stitches were needed along with seven external stitches.

Lang, from Caldercruix, admitted assaulting Pope in Perth Prison on 19 June by butting him on the head and permanently disfiguring him.

Solicitor Mark Fallon, defending, said: "There was a gang culture in Perth Prison. It was only him against a number of other people.

"There was a gang of long-term prisoners from Dundee and he has come from the central belt and not been welcome.

"Clearly he should not have acted in the way he did.

"He was a young man who had a bright future until he was discharged from the army."

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