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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Inquest hears of rapist’s horror death in prison

A Cumbrian rapist was killed in prison by two inmates who made weapons from plastic cutlery and razors.

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Mitchell Harrison

Mitchell Harrison, 23, who had lived in Cockermouth and Whitehaven, was serving a sentence after being convicted of rape in Cumbria in 2009.

An inquest into his death heard how he died in October 2011 after being attacked by Nathan Mann, who was 23 at the time, and Michael Parr, 32.

Mann was in Frankland Prison, in Durham, after being convicted for murder while Parr was serving a sentence for attempted murder.

The pair had manufactured weapons out of disposable razors and plastic cutlery when they attacked Harrison.

DCI Steve Chapman told the jury Harrison had been strangled and attempts had been made to cut his neck. A pen was also pushed into his face.

Mann and Parr were both later charged and convicted. They both received life sentences.

The jury heard from Robert Young, head of security and operations at the time.

He said prisoners were given every day objects such as plastic cutlery and toiletries and, although efforts were made to minimise the risk of offensive weapons in prison, there had been incidents where prisoners had manufactured weapons out of the every day items.

The inquest continues.

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