Durham jail attack guard diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder

Frankland Prison Guard Claire Lewis who has been left scarred for life in an attack by Kevin Thakrar (below).

Frankland Prison Guard Claire Lewis who has been left scarred for life in an attack by Kevin Thakrar (below).

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A PRISON guard who was attacked by inmate Kevan Thakrar, who said his actions were sparked by post-traumatic stress disorder, has been diagnosed with the same illness.

The convicted killer lashed out at prison officers at Durham’s HMP Frankland, screaming death threats and used a weapon made out of glass to slash the arm of officer Craig Wylde before running after colleague Claire Lewis.

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE . Undated Hertfordshire Police handout photo of Kevan Thakrar, who is on trial for attempting to kill two prison officers and seriously wounding a third at the high-security jail HMP Frankland in County Durham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday October 18, 2011. A prison guard wept as she described the moment the triple killer lunged from his cell and allegedly tried to kill her colleague with a broken bottle. See PA story COURTS Guards. Photo credit should read: Hertfordshire Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE . Undated Hertfordshire Police handout photo of Kevan Thakrar, who is on trial for attempting to kill two prison officers and seriously wounding a third at the high-security jail HMP Frankland in County Durham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday October 18, 2011. A prison guard wept as she described the moment the triple killer lunged from his cell and allegedly tried to kill her colleague with a broken bottle. See PA story COURTS Guards. Photo credit should read: Hertfordshire Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Thakrar thrust the broken bottle in to Claire’s back after she lost her footing as she ran to escape.

He admitted assaulting Claire, along with Craig and their colleague Neil Walker, but claimed it was in self defence after enduring years of racist bullying and abuse, although prison officers denied a culture of racism.

A jury cleared him of two charges of attempted murder and three of wounding with intent after a trial at Newcastle Crown Court.

Now mother-of-two Claire, from Washington, has revealed she too suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression and cannot return to work.

Frankland Prison Guard Claire Lewis who has been left scarred for life.

Frankland Prison Guard Claire Lewis who has been left scarred for life.

The 36-year-old has nightmares in which she relives the horrific incident, where she sees her colleague covered in blood and feels the weapon lodged in her back.

She said: “I cannot go out by myself any more. I am suffering terrible depression because I cannot go back to the job that I loved.

“I really am a completely different person to the woman I was before the attack.

“I used to be the life and soul of the party, now I am really quiet and withdrawn all of the time.

“It has had an absolutely devastating effect on both me and my family

“I have lost all my confidence.

“The attack was the day before Mother’s Day.

“That is a Mother’s Day I’ll never forget.”

She added she hopes her case will highlight the dangers her former colleagues face each day.

Claire said she feared she would die in the attack.

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