Category Archives: Prison – Belmarsh

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.

Guilty! Prison Officer who made £20,000 from selling stories to the press

A corrupt prison officer from top security HMP Belmarsh has been found guilty of leaking stories about celebrity inmates to the Daily Mirror over six years. Grant Pizzey, 50, made nearly £20,000 from the tabloid for tips about “notorious” prisoners including Great Train robber Ronnie Biggs, hate preacher Abu Hamza and serial killers Steve Wright… Continue Reading

Prison officer tipped off journalists

A former prison officer at top-security HMP Belmarsh tipped off a journalist about a Roman Catholic chaplain having relationships with inmates because he believed it was being “swept under the carpet”, a court has heard. Robert Norman, 54, is accused of committing misconduct in a public office by becoming the “paid mole” of reporter Stephen… Continue Reading

Belmarsh much improved but more to do

The Prisons Handbook 2015 – out now  /  Home Page  /  Converse Prison Newspaper   HMP Belmarsh was much improved, but progress was not yet embedded and some major challenges remained, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published the report of an announced inspection of the high security core local prison in south… Continue Reading

HMP Belmarsh – Too much security too little purposeful activity say Inspectors

The focus on security that HMP Belmarsh needed for its small group of high-risk prisoners was having a disproportionate impact on its more mainstream population, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published the report of an unannounced inspection of the south east London jail. HMP Belmarsh holds up to 800 prisoners, most… Continue Reading

Suspending Five Belmarsh Officers: ‘Perfectly Understandable’

Five prison officers have been suspended after a violent incident involving one of the men accused of killing Fusilier Lee Rigby – in a move which commentators say is ‘perfectly understandable’. They were stopped from working at one of the country’s top-security jails after a struggle with the Woolwich murder suspect. Michael Adebolajo lost two… Continue Reading

Female Prison Officer Jailed For Inmate Relationship

A female prison officer has been jailed for a forbidden romance with a jailed man, Scotland Yard said. Yasemin Ozyukselen, 24, of Peregrine Road, Waltham Abbey, Essex, met the man while taking him from a prisoner van into Snaresbrook Crown Court for breaching his licence in April 2011. The pair crossed paths again when he… Continue Reading

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