Former Feltham governor reveals ‘racially motivated’ incident at prison

    Prison staff handcuffed an inmate from an ethnic minority
    background to cell bars and smeared black boot polish on his
    buttocks at Feltham Young Offender Institution, the public inquiry
    into the death of Zahid Mubarek has heard, writes Maria

    Giving evidence, former Feltham YOI governor Nicholas Pascoe
    described the incident as “disgraceful,” and said he
    believed it had been racially motivated.

    He told the inquiry three members of staff were given a final
    written warning, but were not prosecuted after a critical witness
    failed to appear and their defence of “horseplay” was
    accepted by the court.

    The prison officers were still working at Feltham YOI two years
    later when Mubarek, 19, was beaten to death by his cellmate Robert
    Stewart, then also 19, in March 2000.

     The inquiry continues.


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