A prison nurse has said she thought Zahid Mubarek’s murderer was
capable of killing someone but did not say so for fear of labelling
Lindsey Martin, a nurse at Hindley Young Offender Institution,
told the Mubarek Inquiry that Robert Stewart was a danger to
himself and others at the prison, from which he was transferred to
Feltham YOI in 2000.
She said he developed a destructive relationship with fellow
prisoner Maurice Travis, who was convicted of killing an inmate at
Stoke Heath YOI in 1998.
But in filing a security report about them, she omitted her gut
feeling that the two were capable of killing.
She said: “I thought that if…you say they are capable of
stabbing or hurting someone, you are just labelling them…and that
would stay with them right through the system.”
Martin said she suspected Stewart had mental health problems and
expected him to be referred for a psychiatric assessment on the
basis of her report, but this did not happen.
But the inquiry was given a different picture by Dr Anthony
Greenwood, former senior medical officer at Hindley, who said
Stewart’s behaviour did not suggest mental illness because he had
“full insight into his activities and behaviour”.