Prison guard still waiting for compensation – while his attacker is given £800

Craig Wylde, who was attacked by triple killer Kevan Tharkar.
Craig Wylde, who was attacked by triple killer Kevan Tharkar.
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A PRISON guard left unable to work by a triple killer is still waiting for compensation while his attacker has won an £800 settlement over damage to his nose hair clippers.

Craig Wylde branded the decision to award the cash to prisoner Kevan Thakrar as “a slap in the face”.

Kevan Thakrar

Kevan Thakrar

Thakrar, 26, won the money after some of his belongings, including nose hair clippers, cranberry juice and an alarm clock, were lost or broken during a move from Durham’s Frankland Prison.

In March 2010, he maimed three guards at the jail after stabbing them with a broken bottle, but was cleared of two counts of attempted murder and three of wounding with intent, claiming he only lashed out as he feared he would be attacked.

Mr Wylde, 32, today told the Echo: “I have lost the use of one of my arms and been told I’ll never be able to work again.

“I have not received any compensation and my claim is still going through.

“To hear about this payout is a real slap in the face, not only to me, but to anyone who has suffered at the hands of criminals.”

Thakrar is serving three life sentences with a minimum of 35 years behind bars after he and his brother Miran were jailed in 2007 for the gangland-style execution of three drug dealers and two other attempted murders.

Following the attack on Mr Wylde and his colleagues, Thakrar was moved from Frankland to Woodhill Prison in Milton Keynes and it was during this move that some of his possessions were misplaced.

According to the court judgment, detailed on Thakrar’s Facebook page, he was awarded £224.97 for damage to his stereo, alarm clock and nasal clippers.

He was also awarded £90 after items including a carton of cranberry juice, protein powder and toiletries were lost, which he claimed left him “stressed”.

District Judge Neil Hickman said there had been a “somewhat cavalier disregard for Mr Thakrar’s rights and for his property”, and awarded him a further £500 to compensate him for lost photographs and personal items, making £814.97 in total.

The judge added: “Had the defendants said promptly and sincerely to Mr Thakrar that they deeply regretted the loss of his personal items and understood his distress, the loss of them would not have been aggravated in the way that it has been.

“So far from doing that, the ministry has steadfastly failed even to tender the grudging and belated apology which was recommended by the ombudsman.”

The prison ombudsman had originally offered Thakrar £10 in compensation, but the killer took the case to court last year.

Mr Wylde, of Carrville, Durham, said: “The fact he’s been awarded cash for the lack of apology is just pathetic.”

A Prison Service spokeswoman said: “We robustly defend all cases.”