Governor of Feltham YOI at time of Mubarek’s murder “broke down”

    The governor of Feltham Young Offender Institution at the time
    of Zahid Mubarek’s death “broke down” following
    the murder, an inquiry heard today, writes Maria

    Martin Narey

    Martin Narey, former director general of the Prison Service,
    said he had to remove Niall Clifford, then governor of Feltham,
    from the jail after Mubarek was killed by his cellmate Robert
    Stewart in March 2000.

    Narey told the public inquiry into Mubarek’s death:
    “I saw Niall on the day of the attack on Zahid and then a few
    days after Zahid’s death…Niall broke down with me in
    his office and I was extremely concerned that if we left him there
    we would have damaged him.”

    Narey said he made the decision to remove Clifford from Feltham
    “earlier than he would have liked,” because he was
    worried about the effect of Mubarek’s death.

    He told the inquiry: “Niall is a very robust, pretty tough
    character but the effect of having a young boy die and the emerging
    feeling that he might have been able to stop it had a very, very
    damaging effect on him, and I think it has to this day.”

    Clifford left Feltham in April 2000 and Narey appointed William
    Payne as his successor, the inquiry heard.

    Narey, now the chief executive of the National Offender
    Management Service, also told the inquiry that the then chair of
    the Prison Officer’s Association at Feltham was
    “unsympathetic” to making changes.

    He said Andy Darken, who headed the Feltham POA, “was only
    interested in his members’ interests”.

    Narey told the inquiry: “One has to bear in mind that we
    were there for the effective and decent treatment and care of young
    people and I do not think he took that seriously and on a number of
    occasions I felt he was unnecessarily obstructive.”

    The inquiry continues.


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