Triple killer loses human rights legal bid

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A TRIPLE-KILLER’S failure to sue the prison service for breaching his human rights has been welcomed by a warder he attacked.

Craig Wylde, from Seaham, told the Echo it was “great news” Kevan Thakrar had seen his part of his legal bid rejected by top judges.

Prison Officer Craig Wylde of , Dalton Heights, Seaham, who was stabbed by a convicted killer while at work at Frankland Prison, pictured with wife Kat..

Prison Officer Craig Wylde of , Dalton Heights, Seaham, who was stabbed by a convicted killer while at work at Frankland Prison, pictured with wife Kat..

Thakrar, who is serving three life sentences, attacked Mr Wylde and fellow prison officers Neil Walker and Claire Lewis with a broken chilli bottle, in Durham’s top-security Frankland Prison, in March 2010.

The 24-year-old admitted the attack, but said it was in self-defence in a pre-emptive strike after years of alleged bullying, and was controversially was cleared of two counts of attempted murder and three of wounding with intent.

Since then he has laucnhed a legal case against the Pruison Service.

He claimed policies around correspondence with lawyers, private use of telephones and visits with his legal team breached the European Convention on Human Rights.

But at the Civil Courts of Justice in Manchester, Mr Justice Hickinbottom examined 14 complaints from Thakrar and rejected them.

“The policy that we have all got is lawful,” he said. “That is the soul of my judgement.”

Mr Wylde was wounded in the attack by Thakrar and forced to retire from his job with the prison service on medical grounds in August.

The 30-year-old said: “He’s just one of those people who thinks he’s always right and this time he’s not.

“He’s playing the entire system and it’s costing the taxpayer money.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if he’s already planning something else.

“The less he gets the happier I am.”

However, Thakrar may still be able to sue the prison service.

In further hearings scheduled for next year, he will allege that breached the established policies 153 times between March 2010 and March 2011.

Thakrar, from Stevenage, is now behind bars at HMP Woodhill, in Milton Keynes.

He was sent to prison in 2007, along with his brother Miran, after being convicted of the murders of three drug dealers and the attempted murder of three others.

He must served a minimum of 35 years before he can be considered for parole.

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