Injured Seaham prison officer backs new court bid against prisoner cleared of attack

Prison Officer Craig Wylde.
Prison Officer Craig Wylde.
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A PRISON officer left “broken” after a triple murderer was cleared of attacking him has backed plans for a private prosecution.

Craig Wylde, 29, has spoken out as the Prison Officers’ Association (POA) considers taking action against Kevan Thakrar, 24.

Frankland Prison inmate Thakrar was cleared of attempted murder and assault following an incident involving Craig and two other prison officers at the jail.

Expectant dad, Craig, from Seaham, was left disabled in the attack which Thakrar told the court he carried only because he believed he was going to be assaulted.

The POA is now considering a private prosecution of Thakrar and is seeking urgent talks with Justice Secretary Ken Clarke.

Craig said: “I’m all for it. It’s been a total farce. If the prison service can’t do it, I’ll certainly be trying.

“I’ll do anything I can for a re-trial.”

Thakrar launched an attack on the officers at the Durham prison using a broken bottle to inflict the injuries which left Craig unable to return to work.

Thakrar claimed he was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder which led him to believe he was going to be attacked by the prison guards and that he was acting in self-defence.

Craig said: “Looking at this has made me lose faith in our justice system, something that I used to work for every day and believe in.”

Thakrar was cleared of all charges last week at Newcastle Crown Court and there is now pressure from the POA for a major review of the criminal justice system.

Craig also said he would like to see Ken Clarke address problems he sees in the judicial system.

He added: “This has knocked my confidence in our system. Without a doubt it has shaken my belief in it.”

A spokesperson for the POA said: “We are not getting the necessary protection. We are not asking for special treatment, just the same as anyone else.

“There needs to be a complete review of how the Crown Prosecution Service and Parliament view prison officers.”

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