Prison officers failed to record risk posed by Stewart

    Prison officers failed to record the risks posed by Zahid
    Mubarek’s killer Robert Stewart as he was transferred between
    prisons, an inquiry heard today, writes Maria
    Ahmed.

    The public inquiry into Mubarek’s death at Feltham Young
    Offender Institution heard that nine separate prisoner escort
    records were “defective” when Stewart was transferred
    from Hindley YOI to other establishments prior to the murder.

    Dexter Dias, counsel for the Mubarek family, said that the
    records showed no assessment of the “vulnerabilities and
    risks” posed by Stewart, including threatened suicide and
    self-harm, even though his behaviour was “well-known”
    at Hindley.

    Stewart went on to kill Mubarek –his cellmate – at Feltham
    in March 2000 after being transferred from Hindley in January the
    same year.

    The prisoner escort records were introduced in 1999 to highlight
    potential risks any inmates might pose when they were transferred
    from one establishment to another, the inquiry heard.

    Giving evidence to the inquiry, Harold Dunne, the then principal
    officer at Hindley agreed with Dias that the failure to fill in the
    records properly was an “important and serious
    oversight”.

    Dias pointed out that the medical section of the escort record
    for Stewart’s transfer from Hindley to Feltham in January
    2000 had not been filled in at Hindley.

    He asked Dunne:”Would you agree if that is what has
    happened, that is a serious breach of prison service
    instructions?”

    Dunne replied: “It is a breach of those instructions,
    yes”.

    The inquiry continues.

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