Triple murderer tried to kill Durham prison guards, court told

Kevan Thakrar, 23, launched a vicious and potentially fatal attack on three prison guards at Frankland Prison in Durham.
Kevan Thakrar, 23, launched a vicious and potentially fatal attack on three prison guards at Frankland Prison in Durham.
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A TRIPLE killer tried to murder two prison officers and repeatedly stabbed a third using a glass weapon he had made in his jail cell, a court heard.

Kevan Thakrar made a weapon out of a 285ml pepper sauce bottle, and used it to attack three guards at Durham’s Frankland jail.

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Officers Craig Wylde, Claire Lewis and Neil Walker all suffered serious stab or slash injuries in the assault.

Thakrar denies two charges of attempted murder and three of wounding with intent.

The 23-year-old was serving sentences for three murders and two attempted murders.

A Newcastle Crown Court jury heard that on March 13, Thakrar launched a ferocious attack when guards opened his cell after he requested an appointment for medical treatment.

Prosecutor Tim Gittins said: “The crown’s case is that he had planned what he was going to do.

“He had carefully secreted a bottle in his cell and fashioned it into a potentially fatal weapon, effectively removing the base of it.”

The court heard Mr Wylde was the first officer to be attacked.

Mr Gittins said: “He stabbed towards his upper chest area and slashed Mr Wylde, effectively on the armpit as he raised his arm to protect himself.

“He slashed his armpit and upper arm, severed an artery and the nerves that go through that particular part of the body down to the arm.

“Craig Wylde realised immediately the severity of his injuries with arterial bleeding and blood pumping out of his wound.”

The court heard Thakrar then turned on Ms Lewis.

Mr Gittins added: “He pursued Claire Lewis, who was standing beside him. She ran for her life.

“He chased her around almost the full circumference of the landing, shouting ‘kill her, kill her’.

“He caught up with her, stabbing the broken bottle forcefully into her back.

“He caused a deep circular wound that narrowly missed her spine.”

Miss Lewis broke down in tears in court as she recounted her ordeal and said: “I could feel the blood rushing out. I thought I was going to die.”

Thakrar then turned the makeshift weapon on her colleague Neil Walker.

Mr Gittins said: “Mr Walker was stabbed in the face, in the head and the side of his torso as he struggled to disarm and subdue the defendant.”

Thakrar claims he was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder following serious assaults, racist and bullying treatment by officers at Frankland jail and other prisons he had been in.

Thakrar claims he was acting in self-defence and feared he was going to be seriously assaulted when officers opened his cell door.

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