Stewart’s health not monitored adequately prior to his move to Feltham

    A doctor has admitted that healthcare standards at Hindley Young
    Offender Institution where Zahid Mubarek’s killer was held
    prior to his move to Feltham YOI were “unacceptable” in
    the run-up to Mubarek’s murder, writes Maria
    Ahmed.

    Robert Stewart, then 19, was held at Hindley YOI in Wigan on
    several occasions before he went on to kill Mubarek, also 19, at
    Feltham YOI in March 2000.

    Counsel Dexter Dias told the inquiry into Mubarek’s death
    that the “majority” of prisoners being transferred to
    Hindley YOI, including Stewart, were not always seen by a
    doctor.

    He asked Dr Andrew Greenwood, a former senior medical officer at
    Hindley: “Do you agree…that from 1997 up until 2000
    when Zahid was murdered, in terms of the audit standards, Hindley
    was unacceptable in terms of these matters?”

    Greenwood replied: “It was
    unacceptable…yes.”

    In a written statement previously given to the inquiry,
    Greenwood said that Stewart “showed no evidence” of
    mental illness, and stated he had received
    “appropriate” medical care.

    Greenwood also said that Stewart flooded his cell, smeared
    himself in butter and faeces, and allegedly swallowed a battery
    whilst at Hindley YOI.

    The inquiry continues.

     

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