A public inquiry today castigated the prison service for “a bewildering catalogue” of failings that led to the murder of Asian prisoner Zahid Mubarek by his white racist cellmate.
High court judge Mr Justice Keith, the inquiry chairman, outlined 186 individual and “systemic” failures that gave racist psychopath Robert Stewart the opportunity to bludgeon his teenage cellmate to death in March 2000 at Feltham young offenders’ institution.
The report detailed how a letter from Stewart which referred to “niggers” and “Pakis” was discovered by staff but insufficient action was taken because of the “unacceptably relaxed view taken of racist language which the culture at Feltham had bred”.
His record of violence included his involvement in the killing of 18-year-old Alan Averill at another prison. [the Guardian]
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