Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Inmate given life sentences after trying to kill prison officers

An inmate, who used makeshift weapons in bids to kill two prison officers and a prisoner, has been jailed.

Aklakur Rahman, originally from Ipswich in Suffolk, attacked an inmate with an improvised bladed weapon at HMP Wayland in Norfolk in July 2017. His victim needed 28 stitches to the back of his neck — two of which were internal. An intervening prison officer received a deep cut to his head, requiring multiple stitches and resulting in severe nerve damage.

A few days later, at HMP Lincoln, the now 33-year-old Rahman lunged at the neck of a prison officer with a sharpened piece of wall masonry. In a third attack — at HMP Wakefield in August of the same year — he cut the neck of a prison officer with a screw.

In July of this year, Rahman was found guilty of three counts of attempted murder relating to the attacks at HMP Wayland and HMP Lincoln, and one count of grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent for the incident at HMP Wakefield.

On sentencing, Mr Justice Pepperall said he was satisfied Rahman had planned each offence, “carefully preparing the most dangerous weapons he could fashion from the limited materials available to him.”

He handed Rahman a life sentence for each attempted murder, plus five years for the GBH — all to run concurrently. It will be 13 years before he is eligible for parole.

Detective Inspector Kevin Brown, from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit, said: “This was a lengthy and challenging investigation, involving a number of agencies, but it was worth the effort to see Rahman put before the court and face up to his crimes.

“Two of his four victims received extremely serious injuries to their heads or necks, ones that they are still feeling the effects of to this day. All four continue to suffer psychologically as a result.

“It really is a blessing that no one was killed during what were extremely determined and violent attacks.”

A Prison Service spokesman said: “These were horrific attacks for which Rahman will now, rightly, spend more time behind bars.”

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