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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Inmate 'sorry' for wounding guards

Inmate 'sorry' for wounding guards

A triple killer who stabbed his prison guards apologised today for wounding three officers in a savage attack outside his cell.

However Kevan Thakrar accused prison officers of a "stitch-up" intended to ensure he spent the rest of his life behind bars.

The 24-year-old, who is on trial for attempted murder and wounding with intent, claimed there was a conspiracy of silence among prison staff with regard to assaults by prison officers on inmates.

The former student and shop assistant told a jury at Newcastle Crown Court prison officers operated according to a principal of "see no evil, hear no evil" when it came to their colleagues' "abuse of power".

He said he was denied food and sleep the night before he used a broken bottle of hot pepper sauce to maim officers Craig Wylde, Claire Lewis and Neil Walker at Frankland High Security Prison, County Durham, in March last year.

He said: "It is obviously wrong what happened, the individuals that have been hurt, and I am sorry for that, but it should not have come to that.

"If you put an animal in a cage and you poke it, poke it and poke it and then unlock the door it is not going to just sit there is it?"

1 comment:

Jan the cat-wrangler said...

I quite agree. Funny this post should crop up with what has happened to me recently. It would appear that one is not allowed to have emotions or anger. (in law) Perhaps we should have all been born as robotic entities?