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Bronson denies violent attack on jail governor

‘Gentle bear hug’: Charles Bronson, surrounded by guards in the dock, says he had no violent intentions PICTURE: ELIZABETH COOK/PA

INMATE Charles Bronson said he had no intention of biting off a prison governor’s nose, adding: ‘I’m a vegetarian and all.’

A jury had previously heard how Bronson, who denies attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent, had pinned the governor to the ground and told him: ‘I will bite your f****** nose off and I will gouge your eyes out.’

Yesterday, defending himself at Leeds crown court, he said: ‘I can assure you I have never bitten anyone’s nose off in my life. Plus, I’m a vegetarian and all.’

Bronson, 65, made the comments while cross-examining Mark Docherty, a governor at HMP Wakefield whom he is accused of attacking on January 25.

He demonstrated with his hands how: ‘In three seconds, I could hit a man 10 times in the face.’ Addressing Mr Docherty, he said: ‘But why did I not throw a punch? Because I wasn’t going to hurt you.’

Bronson was angry that staff had not given his wife actress Paula Williamson pictures from their wedding in Wakefield Prison last November.

Addressing Mr Docherty, he said: ‘Is it possible that all I was going to do was get you in a bear hug, a gentle one, and just whisper in your ear: “Where are my wife’s wedding photos?”’

Bronson, on trial under the name Charles Salvador, said: ‘For the first time in 44 years in prison, I never intended to be violent.’ The trial continues.