Frankland prison found guilty

17.11.11 | |


Kevan Thakrar a prisoner at HMP Frankland has been cleared of two counts of attempted murder and three counts of wounding with intent after lashing out at officers. Charges arose following an incident last year in which Thakrar attacked three staff with a broken sauce bottle.

The prosecution called no fewer than 25 prison officers and officials all of good character and produced CCTV footage of the incident clearing showing the defendant attacking staff. Thakrar, who was jailed in 2008 for murder and attempted murder, had barricaded himself inside using his cell locker after becoming "paranoid" that wardens were plotting to do him harm. Admitted to injuring the officers but claimed he did it in self defence. Thakrar said he had been physically and sexually abused by staff at Frankland and a systematic racist regime operated at the jail. 

Thakrar, who is mixed race, said certain officers regarded all non-white prisoners as Muslims and subjected them to constant anti-Muslim abuse. He said some staff at the jail encouraged white prisoners to attack "Muslims". He claimed to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder at the time of the attack, a claim backed up by a consultant psychologist, originally a witness for the prosecution, but called by the defence after his report corroborated Thakrar's testimony about his state of mind.

The defence called a number of prisoners, who all spoke of a brutal regime at Frankland. Doughty Street barrister Joe Stone who represented Thakrar said he intended to "put Frankland on trial". Following a four-week hearing, the all-white, mainly mature jury, found the defendant not guilty on all counts.

To view the story in full as reported in the Guardian & Mirror please click on the hyperlinks.

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