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Inmates 'Strangled' Killer In Prison Cell
Two convicted murderers tied up and strangled a killer with a pair of tracksuit bottoms in his jail cell and then made a cup of hot chocolate, a court has heard.
Inmates Gary Smith and Lee Newell throttled fellow prisoner Subhan Anwar at HMP Long Lartin in Worcestershire on February 14 this year, it was claimed.
At their trial, prosecutor Peter Grieves-Smith said Anwar's body was found after Newell told a prison officer: "He's gone, he's with Allah."
One of the defendants is also alleged to have informed prison security staff that Anwar, whose ankles were bound with tape, had been taken hostage because he was bored.
Claiming CCTV and DNA evidence proved both defendants were involved in the killing on Delta Wing, the prosecutor alleged they followed Anwar into his cell shortly before 6pm.
The door of the cell was then closed, Mr Grieves-Smith said, and remained shut until prison officers gained access and found Anwar's body at about 8.20pm.
At about 6.40pm, jurors were told, a call was made from an intercom in the cell to the prison's security department.
Mr Grieves-Smith said: "The caller did not identify themself but what he did say was that they had taken a hostage.
"He said words to the effect that he was bored and it was something to do. He then said 'I'm not joking, I think he is dead'."
Prison staff did not initially know whether the caller was joking, the court heard, and did not seek to force entry to Anwar's cell, instead talking through the door to those inside.
At 7.40pm, the jury heard, a warder looked through an eye-hole in the cell door and saw Anwar, who was motionless, lying face down on his bed.
Both men, who were found in possession of property belonging to Anwar, were subsequently interviewed by police under caution and chose to make no comment.
Addressing the possible motives for the killing, Mr Grieves-Smith told the jury: "There is no eyewitness who can describe what happened in that cell.
"The case against the defendants depends upon drawing together various strands of evidence but the prosecution suggest you will be sure that both are guilty of murder."
Jurors were told the defendants were likely to "point the finger" at each other, and that Newell, 44, will claim Smith, 48, was solely responsible for killing Anwar.
The pair deny murdering Anwar. Newell also denies stealing a watch, prayer beads and a metal earring belonging to Anwar. Smith has admitted a charge of theft.
The jury heard that Newell was convicted of murder in 1989, while Smith was convicted of murder in 1999, and both were serving life sentences.