A CORONER will raise concerns with prison chiefs about the lack of information sharing after ruling an inmate disembowelled in a cell by two others was unlawfully killed.
The inquest into the death of child rapist Mitchell Harrison heard fellow prisoners Nathan Mann and Michael Parr had a cup of tea and a cigarette following the slaying, where they lured their victim into a room at HMP Frankland and attacked him with a weapon made using a razor blade.
They also forced a pen into his eye and he was found with a host of severe injuries to his neck and abdomen. The hearing in Crook heard the pair had planned to eat his liver, but decided against it.
A post mortem examination found the wound caused to his neck had caused Harrison’s death.
The inquest was told the jail’s security department was aware of a diary entry by Mann which set out how he wanted to kill another prisoner, but officers on the wing did not know about it, with one telling coroner Andrew Tweddle had he known, he would have kept a closer watch on him.
But the jury was also told by forensic psychiatrist Professor Anthony Maden the gruesome killing could not be foreseen and attacks where two prisoners planned to kill another inmate were rare.
Mr Tweddle directed the jury to return a verdict of unlawful killing, telling them: “There is only one conclusion.”
He added: “One issue that has troubled me is that the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing and what steps come as a result of it.”
He said better communication could help further fatalities, with his letter to become a matter of public record as it would be submitted to Parliamentary records.
Mr Tweddle also raised concerns how prisoners could build up an “arsenal” of razor blades which could be used in attacks.
Prison bosses told him reviews of practices were already carried out and a pilot was put in place for tighter controls of blades, but it was not deemed a success because it took up too much time. Prisoners often used other items such as tin lids and CDs to fashion weapons.
Mann was already serving a sentence for the murder of two old women in a nursing home and was jailed for manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, while Parr, who was serving time for attempted murder, was convicted of Harrison’s murder.
Both were given life sentences after a trial.