Category Archives: Compensation

Lee Rigby killer sues for compensation

Michael-Adebolajo-with-knifeOne of the men who brutally killed Fusilier Lee Rigby is suing for compensation two years after his teeth were knocked out during an incident in the high security Belmarsh prison.

Michael Adebolajo was convicted last year alongside Michael Adebowale of murdering the 22-year-old soldier, who was run over and hacked to death near Woolwich barracks, south-east London, in broad daylight in May 2013.

While he was being held at Belmarsh prison after the killing, Adebolajo had his two front teeth knocked out and claimed he had been assaulted by five prison officers.

The officers were suspended from work after the incident but were later told they had no case to answer, with the Prison Officers’ Association insisting that only approved restraint techniques had been used.

A Ministry of Justice (MoJ) spokesman said it will “robustly” defend the compensation claim, which The Sun reported could be up to £20,000.

He said: “A police investigation into this incident took place and no charges were brought against members of staff. The public will be rightly outraged at the thought of this man receiving compensation from the taxpayer and we robustly defend claims made against the Prison Service.”

But Mark Leech, editor of The Prisons Handbook for England Wales took the opposite view.

Mr Leech said: “Morally of course it is outrageous that this brutal killer should receive compensation for injuries he sustained in prison, but we do not have courts of morals in this country, we have courts of law.

“A cornerstone of English law is that if you are injured at the hands of others you are entitled to ask the court to order that you be compensated for that injury – just because a person has committed a brutal criminal offence does not make them immune from being a victim of crime in the future.”

The MoJ said it has successfully defended two thirds of prisoner claims over the last three years.

Adebolajo horrified millions of people by appearing on camera with bloodied hands clutching a knife and a meat cleaver moments after killing Fusilier Rigby, a father of one.

Adebolajo was condemned to die in prison with a whole-life jail term for the murder, while Adebowale was sentenced to life with a minimum 45 years.

At their sentencing the pair lashed out violently in the dock, screaming “Allahu Akbar” and wrestling with security guards.

Wrongly convicted men seek landmark payout ruling

Two men convicted of crime who served long sentences before being freed by the Court of Appeal are fighting potential landmark cases for compensation. They are asking the High Court to rule that UK law is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) because it wrongly restricts compensation in “miscarriage of justice” cases.… Continue Reading

“Laughing Stock” Prisons Ombudsman Has Derisory £10 Offer Increased By Judge To Over £800

A triple killer has won £800 in compensation after some of his belongings, including nose hair clippers, cranberry juice and an alarm clock, were lost or broken in prison. – and after he rejected a derisory offer of £10 compensation from the much-criticised Prisons Ombudsman. Kevan Thakrar, 26, was awarded £500 because prison officers lost… Continue Reading

Bellfield payout: “completely justified”

The £4,500 payout to the serial killer who murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler after being assaulted in prison has been described as completely justified by a prisons expert. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said it is “hugely disappointed” by the judge’s decision to award compensation to Levi Bellfield. Bellfield was attacked by a fellow prisoner with a… Continue Reading

Poor Management of Prisoners’ Property is Wasting Public Money Says Ombudsman

Prisons need to manage prisoners’ property better to avoid claims for compensation and the cost of investigating complaints, said Nigel Newcomen, the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO). He added that if prisons paid greater attention to their responsibility for prisoners’ property, this would avoid frustration for prisoners and the wasting of staff time on investigating… Continue Reading

£8.8m For Miscarriage of Justice – ‘UK Heads Injustice League’

A man who spent 13 years in prison for a murder he did not commit has been awarded £13.2 million dollars (£8.8m) in compensation – something which could never happen in the UK which campaigners say heads the injustice league. David Ayers of Cleveland cried as a jury found that two police detectives violated his… Continue Reading

BARRY GEORGE LOSES DANDO COMPENSATION CLAIM

Barry George, who spent eight years in prison after being wrongly convicted of the murder of TV presenter Jill Dando in Fulham, west London, has lost his High Court bid for compensation as a victim of a “miscarriage of justice”. Two judges rejected his claim that the Justice Secretary unfairly and unlawfully decided he was “not… Continue Reading

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