A PRISONER was experiencing a One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest nightmare of fear and paranoia before attacking his prison guards, a court heard.
Kevan Thakrar was said to be in the grip of severe depression and was suffering post-traumatic stress disorder, when he lashed out with a broken bottle of sauce he had fashioned into a weapon.
He believed he was about to be attacked and stabbed the guards in what he perceived to be self-defence, a psychologist told Newcastle Crown Court.
The 24-year-old inflicted terrible wounds on officers Craig Wylde, Claire Lewis and Neil Walker, at Frankland high security prison, Durham, in March last year.
Jurors heard Thakrar, who has a Scottish mother and Indian father, developed the conditions after racial abuse and beatings he suffered since being jailed in 2007 for murder and attempted murder.
Psychologist Roy Shuttleworth said when Thakrar lashed out, he was experiencing symptoms of anxiety, rage, fear and depression, plus flashbacks to prison beatings and nightmares.
He said: “It’s a One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest approach to the situation. He had extreme post-traumatic stress disorder, and was clinically depressed, with a very high degree of disassociation.”
Thakrar denies attempted murder and wounding with intent.