A PRISON guard who was slashed by a convicted killer as he opened his cell thought that he was going to “bleed to death”, a court heard.
Craig Wylde broke down in tears as he recounted the moment that triple-killer Kevan Thakrar plunged a jagged shard from a pepper sauce bottle into his left arm, which left him with a severed artery.
Newcastle Crown Court heard that Thakrar had gone from “calm to aggressive” in seconds as Mr Wylde and colleague Claire Lewis went to open his cell in Frankland jail, Durham.
Thakrar made a weapon out of the sauce bottle and used it to attack three guards in March last year.
The 23-year-old was serving sentences imposed in 2008 for three offences of murder and two of attempted murder at the time of the violent incident.
Thakrar is on trial after denying two charges of attempted murder and three of wounding with intent.
Mr Wylde told how he got to a treatment room where his fiancee, who works as a nurse at the prison, was on duty. He said: “I thought I was going to bleed to death.”
Thakrar claims in his defence statement submitted to the court he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after serious assaults, racist and bullying treatment by prison officers at Frankland jail and other prisons he had been in.