A DEPRAVED child rapist serving 20 years at HMP Isle of Wight has been sentenced after spitting at a prison officer — but despite getting extra time behind bars it will run alongside the existing sentence.

Robert Ormrod was jailed at Liverpool Crown Court in 2016 after subjecting a young girl to a campaign of rape and telling her she would be drowned if she spoke out.

The paedophile now identifies as a woman, Rebecca Louise Ormrod.

The 49-year-old admitted assaulting an emergency worker by spitting on June 8, from her prison cell at Albany, a category B men's prison.

Ormrod appeared by video link at the Isle of Wight Magistrates' Court on Friday.

Liz Miller, prosecuting, said at the time of the offence, Ormrod was under constant watch with a prison officer standing outside the cell due to concerns for the inmate's mental health.

Ormrod blocked the observation panel and started banging her head against the wall, so a prison officer entered the cell.

Ormrod was abusive and swore, then spat at the officer's forearm and leg.

Miss Miller said spittle carries risk of illness and infection.

The officer's statement, read in court, said: "I was in the cell to look after Ormrod. Being spat at should never be part of a prison officer's job.

"After 14 years as a prison officer this is the first time I have been spat at. It is degrading and nasty and I hope the court will recognise this."

Matthew David, prosecuting, asked the court to take Ormrod's mental health into consideration, as she had been suffering an acute episode at the time, of paranoia, anxiety and stress.

Magistrates said spittle is considered a weapon but they accepted the mental health diagnosis.

They sentenced Ormrod to a £200 financial penalty, with £85 costs and a £34 victim surcharge.

However, due to Ormrod's means, she will serve seven days in jail in lieu of the financial penalty.

This will run concurrently with the existing 20 year sentence.