Category Archives: Prison – Wandsworth

Mentally ill inmate admits battering cell-mate to death

copsinwannoA mentally ill prisoner has admitted battering his cell mate over the head with a television set as he awaited trial for a random attack on a walker at popular beauty spot.

In June 2014, Taras Nykolyn, 46, pounced on Roger Maxwell as he took an early morning stroll near the Windmill landmark on Wimbledon Common in south-west London.

He forced the victim to the ground, smashing his face and breaking his wrist.

Then, while he was on remand at Wandsworth prison, Nykolyn killed Wadid Barsoum by hitting him with a TV, punching and stabbing him in their cell.

Ukrainian Nykolyn, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to both attacks at the Old Bailey with the help of an interpreter.

He admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm to Mr Maxwell on June 19 2014 and the manslaughter of Mr Barsoum on May 4 last year.

Alternative charges of grievous bodily harm with intent and murder were ordered to lie on file by the Recorder of London, Nicholas Hilliard QC, after hearing the defendant was suffering from mental illness at the time.

Prosecutor Simon Denison QC said: “Two psychiatric reports concluded that the defendant suffers from an abnormality of mental function, namely paranoid psychosis.

“They are satisfied that at the time of the killing of Mr Barsoum his responsibility was diminished.”

Although there was a possible defence of insanity to the attack on Mr Maxwell, the Crown was satisfied it was dealt with appropriately with the plea to a lesser charge.

Diana Ellis QC, defending, told the court that Nykolyn had been moved to HMP Belmarsh since the killing.

Then in November last year, he was transferred to Broadmoor secure hospital for an assessment before being sent back to the top security jail.

As the requirements have not been met for a hospital order, the defendant faces a jail sentence, the court heard.

Sentencing was adjourned to Friday, January 22.

HMP Wandsworth was built in 1851 and is now the largest prison in the UK, holding 1,877 inmates

Alongside HMP Liverpool, which is of similar size, the category B jail is one of the largest prisons in Western Europe.

The spot where Mr Maxwell was attacked is not far from where young mother Rachel Nickell was stabbed to death by schizophrenic Robert Napper on July 15 1992

In 2008, Napper pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility bringing to an end the inquiry into one of the most notorious killings in modern British criminal history.

Prisoners used official jail laptops to mastermind £30m drug operation

A criminal gang carried out a £30 million drug-smuggling operation from their cells – using laptops supplied by the Ministry of Justice to help them prepare for legal cases, and which they managed to tamper with, it has been reported. The plotters even paid more than £1 million to persuade a freelance “fixer” to get… Continue Reading

HMP Wandsworth – deterioration due to staff shortages and overcrowding

Overcrowding and severe staff shortages meant that almost every service at HMP Wandsworth was insufficient to meet the needs of the prison population, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published the report of an unannounced inspection of the south London local prison. HMP Wandsworth is a Victorian category B prison with a… Continue Reading

Police search for robber released in error

Police are hunting a robber serving a nine-year jail term who was released from Wandsworth Prison in error. Ryan Byrne, 34, was mistakenly freed from the prison in south London, Scotland Yard said. He was sentenced to a total of nine years’ imprisonment earlier this year for burglary, robbery and theft. The Prison Service said… Continue Reading

Judge slams jail security ‘scandal’

A judge has condemned as “a scandal” the “wholly inadequate” prison security that allowed an inmate to orchestrate a plot to use Parcelforce to import at least eight deadly Skorpion submachine guns into Britain from Germany. Judge David Farrell QC called for an inquiry into security arrangements at HMP Wandsworth as he sentenced a couple… Continue Reading

Clifford: From West End To Wandsworth – “It’s inevitable he’ll face attack”

The celebrity publicist Max Clifford is facing up to two years in jail after becoming the first public figure to be convicted of sexual offences under Scotland Yard’s Operation Yewtree inquiry. Clifford, 71, was convicted of sexually abusing four girls following an eight-week trial at Southwark crown court in London, which heard how the PR… Continue Reading

“Impressive Progress” At Wandsworth Prison Say Inspectors

HMP Wandsworth had improved in all areas, and staff were to be congratulated, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons, publishing the report of an announced inspection of the local south London jail. HMP Wandsworth is a large and overcrowded institution dating mostly from the 19th century. The prison was severely criticised at its last… Continue Reading