Durham prison officer attacker claims a ‘stitch up’

Dated: 17/10/2011  'TRIPLE KILLER GLASS ATTACK ON PRISON GUARDS ...  'Triple killer Kevan Thakrar, 23, launched a vicious and potentially fatal attack on three prison guards at Frankland Prison in Durham, using a weapon made from a 285ml pepper sauce bottle, Newcastle Crown Court heard.  'SEE STORY BY NORTH NEWS
Dated: 17/10/2011 'TRIPLE KILLER GLASS ATTACK ON PRISON GUARDS ... 'Triple killer Kevan Thakrar, 23, launched a vicious and potentially fatal attack on three prison guards at Frankland Prison in Durham, using a weapon made from a 285ml pepper sauce bottle, Newcastle Crown Court heard. 'SEE STORY BY NORTH NEWS
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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.”

Thakar denies all charges, saying he lashed out at the guards in self defence because he believed he was about to be attacked himself. He accused wardens of planting the empty bottle in his cell in the hope he would use it to harm himself.

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