Prison attack victim’s plea for a retrial

SEEKING JUSTICE ... Lee and Craig Wylde.
SEEKING JUSTICE ... Lee and Craig Wylde.
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A PRISON officer left disabled after being stabbed by a triple killer is demanding a retrial amid claims the attack “ruined his life”.

Craig Wylde, 29, is unable to use his left hand and has had to undergo a series of operations following the incident in Frankland Prison.

Triple killer Kevan Thakrar, 24, admitted the violent attack on Craig and two other guards, but a jury cleared him of all charges.

Craig has launched a petition calling for a retrial, already securing more than 1,500 signatures.

Craig, of Seaham, said: “My life is pretty much on hold because I want a retrial.

“I don’t want to say it would give me closure because it won’t.

“My wife is expecting a child in February and I can’t focus on that because I’m still very much focused on the court case.”

The stabbing in March left Craig needing painful surgery. His arm is partially paralysed and he is unsure whether he will be able to work again.

Since launching the online petition this week, hundreds of people have also voiced their support to Craig and his family.

Along with his brother Lee Wylde, Craig will take the petition down to London during a trip next month when they will meet with Prisons Minister Crispin Blunt and members of the Prison Officers’ Association.

Lee, 35, said: “This is the most important thing to me.

“My brother is in agony and is never going to use his hand again or feel his arm or his left foot.

It’s ruined his life.”

Thakrar claimed he was acting in self defence during the incident because he thought he was about to be assaulted.

He then used a 285ml glass Encona sauce container to attack Craig, Claire Lewis and Neil Walker, who all suffered stab or slash injuries.

After more than eight hours’ deliberation, jurors accepted Thakrar’s state of mind led him to believe he was going to be assaulted, leading him to lash out.

Craig said: “It’s very important that we get as many signatures as we can. Every signature really does count.”

Thakrar was jailed for the part he played in gangland killings.

The 24-year-old, of Stevenage, in Hertfordshire, was jailed in 2008 for helping his brother Miran kill three men and stab two women.

He was serving time in Frankland HMP when the attacks on the prison guards took place on March 13.

To sign the e-petition, visit www.ipetitions.com/petition/justice-for-craig-claire-and-neil-hmp-frankland.

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