JURORS in the trial of a triple killer who stabbed three prison officers with a broken sauce bottle have heard details of his murderous background.
Kevan Thakrar is accused of attempting to murder guards Craig Wylde and Claire Lewis and wounding their colleague Neil Walker with intent during a bloody attack at Frankland jail in Durham on March 13.
He denies the charges.
Jurors at Newcastle Crown Court have already heard the 23-year-old is serving a sentence imposed in 2008 for three offences of murder and two of attempted murder.
But at the close of the prosecution case yesterday, Tim Gittins told the court a little more about the crimes.
The court heard Thakrar and his brother murdered three men inside a house and attempted to murder two women.
A four-year-old child was in the house when the killings happened.
Mr Gittens did not name any of the victims.
But he told jurors: “The circumstances of the offences were that on August 27, 2007, Kevan Thakrar and Miran Thakrar entered a dwelling in Bishops Stortford.
“Miran Thakrar was in possession of a gun. Kevan Thakrar was in possession of a knife.
“Three men and woman one were downstairs. The three men were shot dead on the ground floor by Miran Thakrar.
“Kevan Thakrar and Miran Thakrar moved upstairs where woman two was present with her four-year-old daughter.
“Miran Thakrar stabbed woman two. Kevan Thakrar and Miran Thakrar moved back downstairs. Kevan Thakrar stabbed woman one, downstairs.
“The background to the offences related to a dispute concerning drugs sold by two of the deceased men to Miran Thakrar.”
Thakrar claims he acted in self defence when he lashed out at the Frankland guards with the broken Encona hot pepper sauce bottle he had made into a weapon and denies all charges against him.
His defence case is due to start on Monday.