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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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Coroner calls for review after Cumbrian rapist killed in prison

A coroner has called for the prison service to review the way it shares information after a Cumbrian inmate was killed by two prisoners.

Mitchell Harrison photo
Mitchell Harrison

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Mitchell Harrison was butchered by two other men, one of whom had written graphic descriptions in a diary discovered by prison staff, and in a letter had said he planned to commit the ‘goriest killings ever’ to force a move to a segregated wing.

Harrison, who lived in Cockermouth and Whitehaven, died when Nathan Mann and Michael Parr hacked him to death on October 1, 2011.

He was jailed in 2009 for raping a schoolgirl in south Cumbria.

At the end of the inquest, coroner Andrew Tweddle said he had ‘major concerns’ over the way information about Mann had been shared prior to the attack.

He said: “I suggest the prison service carry out a further review to ensure the best information is given to the right people at the right time.

“It might not have made a difference here but it might on another occasion.”

The hearing was told that Mann felt he had ‘nothing to lose’ as he would not be eligible for parole for more than 20 years.

He said: “I don’t have the guts to kill myself but I do have the guts to kill someone else.”

Mann’s claims had been reported to Durham’s prison security department but were not disclosed to the officers on C wing where the two were housed, the hearing was told.

One officer told the coroner he wished he had known about Mann’s claims so he could have kept a closer eye on him.

The 11-strong inquest jury found that Harrison was unlawfully killed.

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