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'Criminal': killer gets £800, while injured prison officer gets nothing
A PRISON officer has told of his anger that the triple murderer who stabbed him has been awarded £800 compensation – while he is yet to receive a penny.
Craig Wylde suffered life-threatening injuries when he was slashed with a broken bottle by rampaging killer Kevan Thakrar in the high-security Frankland Prison, near Durham City, in March 2010.
Four years on, Mr Wylde is still fighting for compensation – and justice, Thakrar having been cleared after claiming he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder caused by alleged beatings by officers at another prison.
But Thakrar has now been awarded £814.97 compensation, after personal belongings including nasal clippers were broken while being moved between prisons.
The payout includes £500 because the Ministry of Justice did not say sorry.
Mr Wylde, 32, said: “It’s criminal.
“How can they do this? How can men with a top-class education think this individual is due to this amount of money, for nothing?
“It’s another case of the criminals getting everything. Everyone feels sorry for them.
“They’re forgetting this bloke has no compassion. He’s a psychopath.
“All he’s ever done is go against the system and complain. He’ll be sitting there with a big smile on his face and thinking: ‘How can I play the system next?’”
Thakrar, now 27, was serving 35 years for the drug-related murder of three men and attempted murder of two women in Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, when he attacked Mr Wylde and fellow officers Neil Walker and Claire Lewis.
He jumped on Mr Wylde and Miss Lewis as she opened his cell door, before turning on Mr Walker.
Thakrar, who said he was deeply sorry, sued prison chiefs for damaging his property when he was moved out of Frankland following the incident.
He put the damage at around £450 but said photographs and legal papers were impossible to value.
An ombudsman recommended he receive £10, but a district judge upped the payout 80-fold.
Mr Wylde said the award would open the floodgates for other prisoners to claim.
“Some of them are educated enough to play the system, like Thakrar. This won’t be the last case. There will be prisoners putting in claims right, left and centre.”
Meanwhile, Mr Wylde’s own compensation case has been delayed.
He said his life was in tatters. Still in agonising pain every day, he has been unable to return to work.
Now claiming benefits, he has had to move his wife and two young children back in with his parents, in Durham.
“It’s crushing. I can’t provide for my family.
“I’ve worked since I was 14, been in the Army.
“My children haven’t got a dad. They just see this person who doesn’t get dressed, who hardly gets out of bed.”
Thakrar, now in Strangeways prison, Manchester, has regularly complained of his treatment and is suing the Prison Service for allegedly breaching his human rights.
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