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Killer Wins £800 Payout For Broken Clippers
A triple killer has won over £800 in compensation after some of his belongings, including nose-hair clippers, an alarm clock and a carton of cranberry juice, were broken or lost while he was moved between jails.
Kevan Thakrar, who was given three life sentences in 2008 for the gangland-style execution of three drug dealers and two other attempted murders, sued prison authorities for damaging his property and leaving him "stressed".
In March 2010, Thakrar maimed three guards at Frankland Prison in County Durham after stabbing them with a broken bottle, but was cleared of two counts of attempted murder and three of wounding with intent.
After the attack, the 26-year-old was moved from Frankland to Woodhill Prison in Milton Keynes and it was during this move that some of his possessions went astray.
According to the court judgement, detailed on Thakrar's Facebook page, he was awarded £224.97 for damage to his stereo, clock and clippers.
He was also awarded £90 after items including cranberry juice, protein powder and toiletries were lost.
District Judge Neil Hickman said there had been a "somewhat cavalier disregard for Mr Thakrar's rights and for his property", and awarded him a further £500 to compensate him for lost photos and personal items, making £814.97 in total.
The judge added: "Had the defendants said promptly and sincerely to Mr Thakrar that they deeply regretted the loss of his personal items and understood his distress, the loss of them would not have been aggravated in the way that it has been.
"So far from doing that, the ministry has steadfastly failed even to tender the grudging and belated apology which was recommended by the ombudsman."
The prison ombudsman had originally offered Thakrar £10 in compensation, but the killer took the case to court last year, and District Judge Hickman ruled that he deserved a further payout.
The judge said there had been an "outrageous delay" of 13 months in the ombudsman paying the proposed £10, which he said had "all the appearance of a calculated gesture on the part of the ministry".
After the payout, Thakrar wrote on his Facebook page that he had hoped to send bailiffs to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to ensure they paid his compensation.
A Prison Service spokeswoman said prison authorities had fought the claim, adding: "We robustly defend all cases as far as the evidence allows."