Baby torturer battered with tuna tins in prison after leaving son without legs

An evil dad who tortured his son until his legs were amputated has been attacked with tuna tins in prison.

Anthony Smith is serving a decade in jail for his and Jody Simpson's horrendous abuse of little six-week-old Tony Hudgell.

Once thrown behind bars at Swaleside Prison on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent, Smith found himself on the receiving end of bullying, KentLive reports.

Maidstone Crown Court has heard how the baby-beater needed 12 teeth replaced after lags Michael Stewart and Nathan Odgers took him hostage and repeatedly hit him with tuna tin-filled socks in a two-hour ordeal.

The two men pushed Smith, then aged 47, into his single cell on August 7 2018 and tied him to his bed and threatened to 'chop off his legs' when fellow inmates shouted out who he was and why he was in jail.

Stewart and Odgers, themselves victims of physical child abuse and neglect, then launched their brutal assault which left the tins 'heavily dented' and Smith needing hospital treatment for multiple teeth fractures and bruising.

Six months earlier, Smith had been jailed for 10 years alongside girlfriend Jody Simpson after they were convicted at the same court of inflicting numerous limb fractures to their young son Tony, resulting in multi-organ failure and sepsis.

His injuries were so horrific, including a hip dislocation and head trauma, the youngster had to have surgery to amputate both legs at the knee.

Tony became a pandemic lockdown hero when he raised more than £1.6million for the hospital which saved his life and provides ongoing treatment.

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The court heard Smith did not know his attackers or have any issues with them. They had been placed on the same wing to await transfer to other prisons

With the cell door locking automatically behind them, they then held Smith down and used strips of his bedding to restrain him, telling him 'do what we tell you to do and you'll be alright'.

A wardrobe was pushed across the door and the observation panel blocked with toilet paper as the pair demanded to speak to a governor.

"They then pulled out socks weighted with full tins of tuna and began to hit Mr Smith over the head and body," said Ms Carpenter.

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"They were encouraging each other, saying 'hit him harder, he deserves it' and 'cut his ear off'."

As officers tried to get into the cell and a governor and a negotiation team were called, they continued to hit and kick their hostage, the court heard.

Some of the attack was captured on guards' body-worn camera, as well as sounds of violence and laughter, said Ms Carpenter.

"They discussed Mr Smith's offence and said he should have his legs chopped off," she told the court.

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"One said 'I should chop this guy to pieces. He deserves that at the very least'."

Stewart, 31, and Odgers, 36, both admitted false imprisonment and assault causing actual bodily harm.

Stewart, of no fixed address but with links to Bedford, was jailed for three years and eight months. Odgers, formerly from Hastings, was jailed for four-and-a-half years.

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