Selkirk 28-year-old accused of assault to severe injury in Edinburgh prison

A prisoner has been accused of assaulting a man to his severe injury and permanent disfigurement.

Edinburgh's Saughton prison.
Edinburgh's Saughton prison.

Harrison Long is also charged with possessing an offensive weapon within Edinburgh’s Saughton prison.

The 28-year-old, formerly of Bemersyde Crescent in Selkirk, had his case continued without plea at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Tuesday after it was called on indictment.

Long is currently serving a jail sentence of over 20 months for a masked attack with a machete carried out in broad daylight in Selkirk Market Place on February 3 last year.

He was convicted by a jury of attacking a 42-year-old man with a machete to his severe injury and permanent disfigurement.

Long, originally from York, was jailed for a total of 640 days last August – 400 days for the machete attack and possession of an offensive weapon; 100 days for defecating in a cell at Hawick police station on February 4 and smearing faeces on a camera, walls and door as what is known as a dirty protest, as well as struggling violently with four police officers and biting a constable on his hand and arm to his injury; and 140 days for being in possession of a metal baton during an incident in Gala Park in Galashiels on December 23, 2017.

The charge he currently faces relating to an alleged attack in prison was continued and will recall at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Thursday, August 6.