A MURDERER who was given £800 compensation after a number of items including his nose hair clippers were damaged in prison was not given legal aid, it has been revealed.
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling told MPs he shared the fury that erupted last week after it was revealed that Kevan Thakrar got the payout when the clippers, a carton of juice and an alarm clock were either lost or damaged as he was moved prisons.
Thakrar, 26, who is serving three life sentences for two attempted murders and the execution of three drug dealers, maimed three Frankland Prison guards, including Seaham man Craig Wylde after stabbing them with a broken bottle in 2010.
He was cleared of two counts of attempted murder and three of wounding with intent.
Mr Wylde says he has been unable to work since the horror incident after being left with a severed artery and damaged nerves in his arm.
The 32-year-old, who is still awaiting compensation, said the decision to award Thakrar the cash was “a slap in the face”.
After the attack, Thakrar was moved from Durham to Woodhill Prison, in Milton Kenyes, which is when a number of items belonging to him were misplaced.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Tory MP for Bury St Edmonds David Ruffley asked Mr Grayling: “You will be aware of the recent case of a triple murderer who sued your department for over £800 because of alleged damage to his personal effects, which included a nose clipper that went missing.
“Could you tell me whether legal aid was allowed for the prisoner to bring that case and, if so, is this a good use of taxpayers’ money?”
Mr Grayling replied: “I can assure you that while I share your revulsion at that particular case, that in fact the availability of legal aid was not part of that case.
“And the reforms we have put in place mean that prisoners cannot access legal aid for cases like this, and indeed for a wider range of cases related to their conditions in prison, the prisons they are kept in, where I do not believe the taxpayer should be funding court cases.”