Triple killer wins round one in human rights case

Kevan Thakrar

Kevan Thakrar

First published in News The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter (Durham)

A TRIPLE killer who lashed out at North-East prison officers with a broken bottle has won the first round of his legal fight to sue the Prison Service for allegedly breaching his human rights.

Kevan Thakrar, who is serving three life sentences for killing drug dealers, claims the Prison Service breached the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) over his privileged correspondence with lawyers, his private use of telephones and prison visits with his legal team.

Flo Krause, representing Thakrar, told the Civil Courts of Justice in Manchester today (November 15) that her client has also complained about being excessively searched while in jail.

Thakrar failed in his claim that the Prison Service’s polices were unlawful, with Mr Justice Hickinbottom, having examined the 14 grounds of his complaint, ruling they are lawful.

However, Thakrar’s case will now proceed with the 24-year-old claiming the Prison Service breached these policies.

He has made 153 allegations of such breaches dating from between March 2010 and March 2011, the court heard.

Thakrar claims that, under the ECHR, while in prison his rights under Article 6 (to a fair trial) and Article 8 (to respect for one’s private and family life) are being breached.

The case will return to court next year. If Thakrar wins, he will be able to sue the authorities for damages.

Jonathan Auburn was present at the hearing as lawyer for the Justice Secretary.

Thakrar, of Stevenage, Hertfordshire, and his brother Miran were jailed in 2007 for gunning down three men in Bishops Stortford, also Hertfordshire.

Kevan Thakrar then attacked prison officers Craig Wylde, Neil Walker and Claire Lewis with a broken chilli bottle in top-security Frankland Prison, near Durham, in March 2010.

However, he was cleared of all charges arising from this incident after claiming he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder caused by alleged beatings at another prison.

Immediately following the incident, Thakrar was moved from Frankland to Wakefield Prison, in West Yorkshire. It is believed his claims of human rights breaches date from his time in Wakefield.

He is currently being held in Woodhill Prison, in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.

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