Triple killer who stabbed Durham prison warden with a broken chilli sauce bottle sues over ‘human rights breaches’

Prison Officer Craig Wylde of , Dalton Heights, Seaham, who was stabbed by a convicted killer whuile at work at Frankland Prison, showing his scars under his arm.

Prison Officer Craig Wylde of , Dalton Heights, Seaham, who was stabbed by a convicted killer whuile at work at Frankland Prison, showing his scars under his arm.

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A TRIPLE killer’s plans to sue the prison service for breaching his human rights has been slammed by a warden he attacked.

Former HMP Frankland inmate Kevan Thakrar, who is serving three life sentences, is taking legal action over what he claims are infringements under the European Convention on Human Rights.

The 24-year-old has hit out at what he claims to be illegal policies in prisons surrounding his privileged correspondence with lawyers, private use of telephones and visits with his legal team.

His representatives told the Civil Courts of Justice in Manchester he has also complained about excessive searches.

Last November at Newcastle Crown Court, Thakrar was cleared of two counts of attempted murder and three of wounding with intent following an incident in Frankland, on the outskirts of Durham.

He used a shard of a bottle in the attack, which left Craig Wylde, 30, of Seaham, with a wound to arm.

Craig’s colleagues Claire Lewis and Neil Walker were also injured.

He admitted the attacks but argued it had been done self-defence in a pre-emptive strike after suffering years of alleged racist bullying.

Craig, a dad-of-one who is married to Kat, 31, and Ms Lewis retired on medical grounds from their job with the prison service earlier this month.

Craig said: “He’s pathetic.

“He’s a serial complainer and he was always complaining about something when he was in Frankland.

“He’s now in the close supervision centre so will have no communication with other prisoners.

“When it came up, I wasn’t surprised. It will be something else in another few months.

“This is something which is always going to pop up and I’m going to have to deal with and get questions from my daughter and explain to her what happened.”

Craig is waiting for an injection in his spine and could have an electronic probe put in as doctors try to help stop the pain caused by his injury.

He is also facing further operations and is awaiting news about the pension he will be provided.

Thakrar, from Stevenage, Herts, is now in the category A jail HMP Woodhill in Milton Keynes.

He must serve a minimum of 35 years before being considered for parole.

He was sentenced in 2007 alongside his brother Miran for killing three drug dealers.

The pair were also found guilty of the attempted murder of two women who were in the house at the time of the attack.

Lawyers for the Secretary of State for Justice will defend the prison authorities when the human rights case trial is held in October.

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