Inmate accused of threats to kill

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A CONVICTED rapist appeared in court accused of making threats to kill a prison officer.

Youssef Abouri is alleged to have made the threat about a warder to a fellow inmate at Frankland Prison in Durham.

Abouri, 55, is serving a 42-month sentence in Frankland after being convicted of rape at Blackfriars Crown Court in London.

He appeared before Durham Crown Court on Christmas Eve via a video link.

During the short preliminary hearing, Abouri asked for an interpreter who speaks Arabic to be present on the next occasion. He said: “My English is broken.”

Judge Christopher Prince set a hearing for February 25 when Abouri is expected to enter a plea.

The judge remanded him in custody.