Mubarek killer wrote about intent to murder

    Zahid Mubarek’s killer Robert Stewart wrote a letter
    saying he could commit “the first murder of the
    millennium” just months before killing Mubarek, an inquiry
    has heard, writes Maria Ahmed.

    The public inquiry into the murder at Feltham young
    offender’s institution (YOI) was told Stewart wrote the
    letter to his friend Travis, who had received a life sentence for
    the murder of an inmate at Stoke Heath YOI in 1998.

    Stewart was “by the side” of Travis at the time of
    the fatal stabbing in a cookery class, and was arrested but
    released without charge, the inquiry heard.

    Dexter Dias, counsel for the Mubarek family, read out the letter
    which was sent from Stewart in Hindley YOI in Wigan to Travis in
    November, 1999.

    Stewart wrote: “Everyone thinks I am next. Let’s
    wait and see. If I get out in four weeks it could be the first
    murder of the millennium”.

    The police obtained the letter from Travis after Stewart
    battered Mubarek to death at Feltham in March 2000, the inquiry
    heard.

    In another letter to Travis, Stewart wrote that he had got an
    orderly job in a cooking class at Hindley handing knives, despite
    previously having committed attacks with a piece of wood and a
    plastic knife.

    Dias asked Stewart’s probation officer at Hindley YOI
    Joyce O’Mara whether it was a good idea that Stewart was
    given such a post.

    “Here we have Stewart being involved, implicated in one
    incident involving a knife murder. He then has stabbed someone in
    the eye with a sharp instrument and in Hindley, on this sentence,
    he is an orderly handling knives all day. Does that not seem
    madness to you?”

    “It most certainly does”, replied O’Mara.

    She told the inquiry that she would have alerted the security
    department if she had known about the letters.

    The inquiry continues.

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