A CANVEY criminal who threatened a cashier with a Peppa Pig knife was stabbed in the neck in prison.

David Sutton, 28, of St Michael’s Road, was jailed for two years and nine months in 2017 following an attempted robbery at Martin’s Newsagent, in Church Road, Benfleet.

And while in prison, Sutton was stabbed in the neck and required more than 20 stitches.

Aklakur Rahman is charged with attempting to murder prison officer Derek Walker and fellow inmate Sutton following an incident at HMP Wayland, near Thetford - a charge he has since denied.

Both Sutton and the prison officer were taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital following the incident.

Sutton, 30, required scores of stitches to a neck wound and prison officer Walker later received a bravery award from the Royal Humane Society for his actions during the incident.

Rahman, who is originally from Ipswich, is also accused of attempting to murder another prison officer at Lincoln Prison.

That assault is alleged to have occurred at HMP Lincoln just two days after the incident at HMP Wayland on 23 July, 2017.

Rahman is also charged with attempting to wound another prison officer at the high security HMP Wakefield jail on 16 August, 2017.

Rahman denied three charges of attempted murder and three alternative charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm when he appeared in the dock at Lincoln Crown Court.

He also denied a charge of attempted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm relating to the incident at HMP Wakefield.

Judge John Pini QC adjourned the case for trial and remanded Rahman in to custody.

He will next appear at Lincoln Crown Court on 12 July.

Sutton sustained his injuries on July 21, 2017, just months after he was jailed. When Sutton was sentenced for the attempted robbery, he was also sentenced for dangerous driving, criminal damage, making off without payment, attempted robbery and having a knife.