A VIOLENT inmate is facing a further extension to his time behind bars following an attempted attack on a prison officer.

Martin Marland was originally sentenced to the now abolished imprisonment for public protection (IPP), with a minimum two-year tariff, as an 18-year-old, after being convicted of robbery and theft, in 2009.

Still behind bars by March 2016, he attacked a prison officer at HMP Liverpool, wrapping a strip of bedsheet around his neck and squeezing tightly.

His victim was only saved when other officers rushed to help their colleague.

Although initially charged with attempted murder, he later admitted attempting to choke, strangle or suffocate the officer, and was given a sentence of 11 years and eight months, at Preston Crown Court, in October 2017.

Marland, 29, originally from Macclesfield, in Cheshire, was back before Durham Crown Court, sitting at Newcastle, via video link from HMP Frankland, Durham.

He admitted attempted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and unauthorised possession of a bladed article in prison.

It arose from an attempted attack on an officer at Frankland, on April 29, last year.

The case was adjourned by Judge James Adkin to allow for preparation of a psychiatric report on Marland, prior to the sentence hearing, on July 3.