Police considered bringing charges against Prison Service

    Police considered bringing corporate manslaughter charges
    against the Prison Service following the death of Zahid Mubarek, an
    inquiry heard yesterday, writes Maria
    Ahmed.

    Director general of the Prison Service Philip Wheatley made the
    statement at the public inquiry into the murder of Mubarek by his
    cellmate Robert Stewart.

    Wheatley also said that while prison staff were
    “overwhelmed” by the aftermath of the killing at
    Feltham Young Offender Institution in March 2000, there was
    resistance to change.

    He said: “There was a major police inquiry going on. There was a
    major Prison Service inquiry going on. Police were contemplating
    corporate manslaughter charges. There were people looking and
    thinking, “Were we part of this? Could we have done something
    differently?”, or personally felt very badly about it and quite
    properly so.”

    Last week, the inquiry also heard the first rebuttal of claims
    that prison staff at Feltham put black and white prisoners in the
    same cells in a Gladiator-style game.

    Wheatley is also giving evidence Tuesday and is expected to
    finish on Wednesday 16th February.

    The inquiry continues.

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