PRISON officers are gearing up to take legal action against a triple murderer who was cleared of trying to kill an officer.
The Prison Officers’ Association (POA) is taking legal advice on funding a private prosecution against Kevan Thakrar, who was accused of stabbing three officers at Frankland Prison.
Thakrar admitted lashing out with a broken glass bottle, but said it was self-defence, claiming he feared he was about to be attacked.
The POA last night called for prison officers to wear stab vests and it has requested talks with Justice Secretary Ken Clarke about speaking to lawyers about mounting the private prosecution.
On Thursday, we reported how a former prison officer has been left “broken” after Thakrar was cleared of the attack that left him disabled.
Expectant father Craig Wylde, 29, fears he may never be able to pick up his new baby after the stabbing left him unable to use his hand.
The Frankland prison officer was stabbed in his armpit and upper arm by Thakrar, 24, in the jail in March.
A jury delivered a “not guilty” verdict at Newcastle Crown Court to charges of attempted murder and assault against Thakrar, who is serving sentences for three murders and two attempted murders.
Speaking after the verdict, Craig, from Seaham, said: “I’m numb. I don’t think it will ever sink in.
“I don’t know if I can even find a word to describe how I feel about him.”
His wife Kat added: ““I don’t know if I can even find a word to describe how I feel about him.”