Allegations of racial abuse at Feltham ignored, inquiry told

    Allegations of racism at the time of Zahid Mubarek’s
    murder at Feltham Young Offender Institution were ignored because
    staff were naïve about racial issues, the inquiry into the
    Asian teenager’s death heard today, writes Clare

    The former deputy governor of Feltham YOI Peter Windsor said
    that when black and Asian prisoners called someone a racist it was
    often treated as a form of abuse.

    Windsor’s written statement read: “It was not
    uncommon for black prisoners to allege that other prisoners were
    racists, this was intended to be, and taken as an

    Windsor told the inquiry: “We as a service, I think, were
    naïve on racial issues. We, I suppose, categorised racial
    language the same as any other abuse.”

    Adviser to the inquiry and chief executive of UNLOCK Bobby
    Cummines said he was concerned that many racial incidents occurred
    and it was merely treated as insulting and therefore these
    allegations were not investigated. Windsor agreed that this could
    have happened on many occasions.

    Mubarek was murdered by Robert Stewart, a racist, at Feltham YOI
    in 2000.

    The inquiry continues.

    Backgrounder on the Zahid Mubarek inquiry


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