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Yorkshire Ripper injured in prison attack

March 11, 1997

LONDON (AP) _ Peter Sutcliffe, dubbed the Yorkshire Ripper for killing 13 women, was stabbed in both eyes by another inmate at a high-security mental hospital Monday.

The inmate attacked Sutcliffe with a pen, the British news agency Press Association said. The incident occurred at Broadmoor Hospital, 25 miles southwest of London, which houses some of Britain’s most dangerous criminals.

``This is the second time he’s been assaulted while at Broadmoor,″ his lawyer Kerry Macgill said. In February 1996, another inmate tried to strangle Sutcliffe with a piece of electric cord.

A prison official, speaking on condition on anonymity, would only confirm that one patient assaulted another.

The Press Association said Sutcliffe’s attacker was Ian Kay, 29, sent to Broadmoor in November 1994 for killing a shop manager. Kay attacked Sutcliffe after an argument between them, the agency said.

Sutcliffe was transferred back to Broadmoor for post-operative care after being treated at a hospital.

Health Secretary Stephen Dorrell last week said the government would review Broadmoor’s management, after politicians, media and the Prison Officers’ Association criticized the hospital’s security and staff.

In 1981, Sutcliffe, a truck driver, received a 30-year sentence after confessing to a London court that he killed the women, most of them prostitutes, in northern England during a five-year period.

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