A Birmingham man who murdered policewoman Sharon Beshenivsky has appeared in court charged with stabbing a fellow prisoner.

Yusuf Abdillh Jamma, 21, of Small Heath, and Muzzaker Imtiaz Shah, 26, of London, who shot the mother-of-three during a bungled robbery in Bradford in November 2005, are accused of knifing murderer Tony Piggott.

Piggott, 22, who is serving life imprisonment for a nightclub shooting in Manchester four years ago, was attacked at high security Frankland Prison in County Durham in March.

Shah and Jamma appeared separately via prison videolink for the hearing at North Durham Magistrates’ Court in Peterlee. They faced a joint charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

No pleas were entered and JPs transferred the case to Durham Crown Court for a hearing on September 12.

The defendants were granted technical unconditional bail but both remain in prison because they are serving minimum 35-year sentences for murdering PC Beshenivsky.

The hearing was due to be held last week but was adjourned because of the strike by prison officers.