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Bronson ‘whistled Great Escape before jail attack’

‘Jumped on governor’: Charles Bronson is accused of prison attack PICTURE: NICHOLAS RAZZELL

PRISONER Charles Bronson whistled the theme to The Great Escape moments before launching himself at a prison governor, a court has heard.

The 65-year-old had wanted to attack Mark Docherty for months and blamed him for guests not being able to take pictures at his wedding, jurors were told.

Prosecutor Carl Fitch said Bronson, who is at Frankland Prison in County Durham, had to be restrained by police officers during the attack in Wakefield Prison on January 25.

Category A prison: HMP Wakefield where Bronson was married PICTURE: ALAMY

Mr Fitch said Bronson, who is appearing in court under the name Charles Salvador, was meeting Mr Docherty to discuss his ‘welfare and engagement’ within the prison system.

Leeds crown court heard how, moments before entering the meeting, Bronson had stood outside ‘dancing with his toes and began whistling the theme to The Great Escape’.

Once the door to the room opened, he launched himself at the governor, knocking him off his chair before jumping on top of him, Mr Fitch said.

Once Mr Docherty was on the floor, Bronson is alleged to have shouted: ‘You can f*** with me but you can never f*** with my mother.’ Mr Fitch added Bronson had said: ‘I will bite your f****** nose off and I will gouge your eyes out.’

Once restrained, he allegedly told officers he had wanted to attack the governor after he ‘disrespected his wife’.

Jurors were told that Bronson had married actress Paula Williamson at Wakefield Prison last November.

Prison wedding: Paula Williamson PICTURE: REX

But guests were told they were not allowed to bring in electronic devices or attempt to take pictures.

Mr Fitch said: ‘The prison would never allow these photographs to be taken outside the prison, as they feared that Ms Williamson would give them to the media if they did.’

Prison staff were allowed to take photos, which were to be distributed to Bronson and his new wife, the court heard.

Jurors were told he has served over 40 years in jail. Judge Tom Bayliss told the court Bronson intended to represent himself and asked jurors to forgive his ‘blunt manner of speaking’.

Bronson denies attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent. The trial continues.